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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal One's spouse.

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  • n. (US, Canada) A person's spouse or lover, most commonly a man's wife. Generally a compliment or sign of respect.
  • n. A person's close friend or companion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an expression used to designate one's wife.
  • n. See under Better.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person's partner in marriage

Etymologies

From my better half, the larger part of me, that is, a close friend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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