(Spouze, 1 syl.) means one whom sponsors have answered
for. In Rome, before marriage, the friends of the parties about to be
married met at the house of the woman's father to settle the marriage
contract. This contract was called sponsalia (espousals); the
man and woman were spouses. The contracting parties were each
asked, “An spondes ” (Do you agree?), and replied “Spondeo ” (I agree).
Spouse of Jesus.
“Our seraphic mother, the holy Teresa,” born at Avila in 1515, is
so called in the Roman
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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