spouse (spous, spouz)
A marriage partner; a husband or wife.
tr.v. (spouz, spous) spoused, spous·ing, spous·es
To marry; wed.
[Middle English, from Old French spous, from Latin spōnsus, from past participle of spondēre, to pledge; see spend- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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