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From spouse +‎ -al



spousal (comparative more spousal, superlative most spousal)

  1. of or relating to marriage
  2. of or relating to a spouse, spouses; to the relationship between spouses
    • 1592: William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
      There we shall consummate our spousal rites.

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spousal (plural spousals)

  1. (obsolete, chiefly in the plural) marriage; nuptials; espousal
    • Dryden
      The spousals of Hippolita.
    • Chaucer
      Boweth your head under that blissful yoke [] Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock.
    • Emerson
      The spousals of the newborn year.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for spousal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)