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[spou-zuh l] /ˈspaʊ zəl/
Often, spousals. the ceremony of marriage; nuptials.
nuptial; matrimonial.
Origin of spousal
1250-1300; Middle English spousaille, aphetic variant of espousaille espousal
Related forms
spousally, adverb
interspousal, adjective
interspousally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spousal
  • On a side note, this enthusiasm was a boon to me in terms of spousal gifting opportunities.
  • Which is not to say that the traditional spousal modes of campaigning aren't undergoing their own stresses and buckles.
  • And spousal benefits only accrue to homemaker spouses.
  • Fourth, while married retirees are both alive, the spousal benefit could be reduced.
  • And still qualify for his spousal dental benefits in addition to her own.
  • Instantly only homemaker spouses qualify for spousal benefits.
  • But they still come behind breadwinners, and forfeit any homemaker spousal benefits.
  • And make it clear that only homemakers may receive spousal benefits and survivors' pensions.
  • Calling a spousal hire nepotism is a bit of a stretch, but hiring an inside candidate is not nepotism.
  • It's certainly not uncommon for universities to lure academics with the promise of a spousal hire.
British Dictionary definitions for spousal


(often pl)
  1. the marriage ceremony
  2. a wedding
of or relating to marriage
Derived Forms
spousally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for spousal

1510s, from spousal (n.) "condition of being espoused, action of marrying," from Old French esposailles (see espousal).

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