(one's) better half

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(one's) better half

One's significant other (typically one's spouse). Oh, there's my better half! Honey, come say hi to some of my work friends! A: "Wait, Jennie is Ken's better half?" B: "Oh yeah, they've been married for years."
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one's better half

Fig. one's spouse. (Usually refers to a wife.) I think we'd like to come for dinner, but I'll have to ask my better half. I have to go home now to my better half. We are going out tonight.
See also: better, half

better half

1. Also, better part. The larger amount or majority of something, as in I won't be long; the better half of this job is complete, or I have spent the better part of my life in this city. Sir Philip Sidney used the first term in Arcadia (1580): "I ... shall think the better half of it already achieved." The variant appears in a well-known proverb, discretion is the better part of valor.
2. Also, my better half. One's (my) spouse, as in I'm not sure if we can go; I'll have to check with my better half. Originally this expression meant "a close friend or lover," and by the 16th century it referred to either a wife or lover. Sidney used it in this way, again in Arcadia: "My dear, my better half (said he), I find I must now leave thee." Today it tends to be used lightly for either husband or wife. "Late 1500s"
See also: better, half

your better half

your husband or wife. humorous
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your better/other ˈhalf

(informal, humorous) your wife or husband: I’ll have to ask my better half about that.
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