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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spouse mean? 

SPOUSE (noun)
  The noun SPOUSE has 1 sense:

1. a person's partner in marriage

  Familiarity information: SPOUSE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SPOUSE (noun)

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A person's partner in marriage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


better half; married person; partner; spouse; mate

Hypernyms ("spouse" is a kind of...):

domestic partner; significant other; spousal equivalent; spouse equivalent (a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long-term sexual relationship)

relation; relative (a person related by blood or marriage)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spouse"):

bigamist (someone who marries one person while already legally married to another)

consort (the husband or wife of a reigning monarch)

helpmate; helpmeet (a helpful partner)

hubby; husband; married man (a married man; a woman's partner in marriage)

monogamist; monogynist (someone who practices monogamy (one spouse at a time))

honeymooner; newlywed (someone recently married)

polygamist (someone who is married to two or more people at the same time)

married woman; wife (a married woman; a man's partner in marriage)

Holonyms ("spouse" is a member of...):

man and wife; marriage; married couple (two people who are married to each other)

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