Signs for SPOUSE

Meaning: A husband or wife, considered in relation to their partner.

You can use WIFE or HUSBAND for "spouse" in some contexts. Some signers use the location for 'spouse' from the mid-head between the upper and lower head. However, the problem with this is that it may not be clear as the location of the head for HUSBAND or WIFE can be displaced near the mid-head in informal register.

Meaning: a significant other in a marriage.

There was no word-for-word translation for "spouse" until a recently emerging sign for 'spouse' as shown above (2020s) used by some signers. Several signers mentioned that Gallaudet's president Bobbi Cordano signs spouse this way as well.

Glossed as HEART+MARRY.

Another possible sign is (glossed as) MARRY+PARTNER.

Related signs: WIFE, HUSBAND, PARTNER.

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