spous·al || 'spaʊzl adj. of a spouse, of a husband or wife

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  • Spousal — Spous al ( al), a. [See {Espousal}, {Sponsal}, and {Spouse}.] Of or pertaining to a spouse or marriage; nuptial; matrimonial; conjugal; connubial; bridal; as, spousal rites; spousal ornaments. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spousal — Spous al, n. [See {Espousal}, {Spouse}.] Marriage; nuptials; espousal; generally used in the plural; as, the spousals of Hippolita. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Boweth your head under that blissful yoke . . . Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spousal — (adj.) 1510s, from spousal (n.) “condition of being espoused, action of marrying,” from O.Fr. esposailles (see ESPOUSAL (Cf. espousal)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spousal — [spou′zəl] n. [see ESPOUSAL] [often pl.] Now Rare a marriage ceremony adj. 1. Now Rare of marriage 2. of or relating to a spouse [spousal benefits] …   English World dictionary

  • spousal — index marriage (wedlock), matrimony Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • spousal — adjective 1. of or relating to a wedding bridal procession nuptial day spousal rites wedding cake marriage vows • Syn: ↑bridal, ↑nuptial …   Useful english dictionary

  • spousal — adjective /ˈspaʊzəl,ˈspaʊzəl,ˈspaʊsəl/ a) of or relating to marriage There we shall consummate our spousal rites. b) of or relating to a spouse, spouses; to the relationship between spouses …   Wiktionary

  • spousal — adj. Spousal is used with these nouns: ↑abuse, ↑consent, ↑rape, ↑support …   Collocations dictionary

  • spousal — [[t]spa͟ʊzəl[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Spousal rights and duties are ones which you gain if you are married. [AM, FORMAL] Syn: marital …   English dictionary

  • spousal — noun Etymology: Middle English spousaille, from Anglo French spousailles, espusailles espousal Date: 14th century nuptials usually used in plural …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spousal — spousally, adv. /spow zeuhl/, n. 1. Often, spousals. the ceremony of marriage; nuptials. adj. 2. nuptial; matrimonial. [1250 1300; ME spousaille, aph. var. of ESPOUSAILLE ESPOUSAL] * * * …   Universalium

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