Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One's spouse.

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

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  • noun a person's partner in marriage

Etymologies

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

[Ultimately translation of such phrases in Latin poety as animae dīmidium meae, half of my soul (referring to the poet's friend).]

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