1. a person's partner in marriage;
[syn: spouse, partner, married person, mate, better half]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spouse \Spouse\ (spouz), n. [OF. espous, espos, fem. espouse, F. ['e]poux, ['e]pouse, fr. L. sponsus, sponsa, prop. p. p. of spondere, sponsum, to promise solemnly, to engage one's self. Cf. Despond, Espouse, Respond, Sponsor.] 1. A man or woman engaged or joined in wedlock; a married person, husband or wife. [1913 Webster] At last such grace I found, and means I wrought, That I that lady to my spouse had won. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A married man, in distinction from a spousess or married woman; a bridegroom or husband. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] At which marriage was [were] no persons present but the spouse, the spousess, the Duchess of Bedford her mother, the priest, two gentlewomen, and a young man. --Fabyan. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spouse \Spouse\ (spouz), v. t. [See Espouse, and Spouse, n.] To wed; to espouse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This markis hath her spoused with a ring. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Though spoused, yet wanting wedlock's solemnize. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] She was found again, and spoused to Marinell. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Spouse (Cant. 4:8-12; Hos. 4:13, 14) may denote either husband or wife, but in the Scriptures it denotes only the latter.