spouse /ˈspaʊs ||ˈspaʊz/
1. A man or woman engaged or joined in wedlock; a married person, husband or wife.
At last such grace I found, and means I wrought,
That I that lady to my spouse had won. --Spenser.
2. A married man, in distinction from a spousess or married woman; a bridegroom or husband. [Obs.]
At which marriage was [were] no persons present but the spouse, the spousess, the Duchess of Bedford her mother, the priest, two gentlewomen, and a young man. --Fabyan.
Spouse v. t. To wed; to espouse. [Obs.]
This markis hath her spoused with a ring. --Chaucer.
Though spoused, yet wanting wedlock's solemnize. --Spenser.
She was found again, and spoused to Marinell. --Spenser.
n : a person's partner in marriage [syn: partner, married
person, mate, better half]
(Cant. 4:8-12; Hos. 4:13, 14) may denote either husband or wife,
but in the Scriptures it denotes only the latter.