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
The term spouse is applied to married people until their marriage is consummated
The new marriage licenses - which add the term spouse - will be distributed to town and city clerk offices across the state in advance of the same-sex marriage law taking effect July 24.
Killing your spouse is an effective way of ending an argument but that doesn't make it OK; it's still murder and still illegal.
Section 3 of DOMA provides that for all purposes under federal law, the word "marriage" means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word "spouse" refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.
Your spouse is a veteran who awakes in the night in a sweat from nightmares and has anger outbursts during the day.
Specifically, from 1973 through 2008, the percent who say that "a married person having sexual relations with someone other than their spouse is always wrong" has steadily decreased.
Or tell you that your spouse is always in church and volunteers and because you don't the house the car the kids and most of your salary goes to them, and the only way to change that is to dedicate yourself to the church and volunteer and prove your commitment to God.
It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.
As an example, in eight states plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a PRE-EXISTING CONDITION.
To the newly united, Shallal recommends making sure your spouse is also your friend.