• WordNet 3.6
    • adj spousal relating to a spouse "a fitting symbol of spousal love"
    • adj spousal of or relating to a wedding "bridal procession","nuptial day","spousal rites","wedding cake","marriage vows"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spousal Marriage; nuptials; espousal; -- generally used in the plural; as, the spousals of Hippolita. "Boweth your head under that blissful yoke . . .
      Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock."
      "The spousals of the newborn year."
    • a Spousal Of or pertaining to a spouse or marriage; nuptial; matrimonial; conjugal; connubial; bridal; as, spousal rites; spousal ornaments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spousal Pertaining to marriage or espousal; nuptial; bridal; connubial.
    • n spousal Marriage; nuptials; espousal: often used in the plural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Spousal pertaining to a spouse, or to marriage: nuptial: matrimonial
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Espousal Sponsal, and Spouse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. espouse (Fr. époux, fem. épouse)—L. sponsus, pa.p. of spondēre, to promise in marriage.


In literature:

A remarkable exhibition of Aminta the woman was, her entire change of front since he had taken her spousal chill.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
It was now the middle of September, and by the end of the ensuing month it was agreed that the spousals of the lovers should be held.
"Eugene Aram, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
For our spousal spread so wondrously!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXLV. July, 1844. Vol. LVI." by Various
This "Spousal Verse" was written in honour of the Ladies Elizabeth and Katherine Somerset.
"The Golden Treasury" by Various
Conceive, Fred, what the fair young creature must have felt at the bare idea of such shocking spousals!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
Of spousal vows, and widow'd bed defil'd, Loud fame the beauteous Leonore revil'd.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
The stately spousals shall be.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
Conceive, Fred, what the fair young creature must have felt at the bare idea of such shocking spousals!
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 6" by Various

In poetry:

His, too, each homely lyric thing
On sport or spousal love or spring
Or dogs or dusters,
Invented by some court-house bard
For recitation by the yard
In filibusters.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
III The Churl This marks the Churl: when spousals crown
His selfish hope, he finds the grace,
Which sweet love has for even the clown,
Was not in the woman, but the chace.
"The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto XII." by Coventry Patmore
So great her absentmindedness she droops as in a swoon,
And a movement of aversion mars her recent spousal grace,
And in silence we two sit here in our waning honeymoon
At this idle watering-place….
"The Telegram" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

UTSA scholar studies spousal deportation.
Plaintiff's spousal support obligations to his ex-wife are best understood as periodic alimony.
Therefore, she cannot collect a spousal benefit rate that is half of yours upon reaching full retirement age.
Starting Jan 1, "an award of spousal support to the convicted spouse from the injured spouse is prohibited" after divorce.
SF spousal abuse case generates interest.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Rodman owes over $800,000 in child and spousal support to his third wife, Michelle Rodman, who filed for divorce from him in 2004.
McCourts Battle Over Spousal Support, Mortgage Payments.
Date Night Won't Cure Spousal Abuse.
McCourts to argue over spousal support in LA court.
Ex-Dodger CEO wants spousal support maintained.
Senate candidates count on spousal support.
Arnold Schwarzenegger does not want to pay spousal support.
Criminal – Ineffective assistance – Spousal privilege.
Dennis Rodman may be jailed for failure to pay spousal and child support.
Spousal coverage perpetuates sexual stereotypes.

In science:

An institutional commitment to assist new academic members with spousal-partner employment and other family-related relocation issues.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists