from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A marriage partner; a husband or wife.
- transitive v. Archaic To marry; wed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person's husband or wife.
- v. To wed; to espouse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A man or woman engaged or joined in wedlock; a married person, husband or wife.
- n. A married man, in distinction from a
spousessor married woman; a bridegroom or husband.
- transitive v. To wed; to espouse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A married person, husband or wife; either one of a married pair.
- To take for a husband or a wife; wed; espouse.
- To give in marriage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person's partner in marriage
Middle English, from Old French spous, from Latin spōnsus, from past participle of spondēre, to pledge; see spend- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman espus, espuse and Old French espos, espose and by aphasis from Latin spōnsus ("bridegroom"), spōnsa ("bride"), from spondere ("to vow, to pledge"), from Proto-Indo-European *spend-. (Wiktionary)