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In the dating world, a significant other refers to a partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, or someone with whom you share an intimate, romantic relationship.
Because the term doesn't imply gender, sexuality or relationship status, many couples adopted the phrase in the 80s and 90s to avoid offense or confusion.
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Synonyms for significant other include better half, civil union, boyfriend, girlfriend, domestic partnership, lover, mate, partner, spouse, spouse equivalent In psychological terms, a significant other refers to someone who holds great importance to another and affects their well-being either positively or negatively.
In sociology, a significant other refers instead to a person that affects one's sense of self in an important way.Related abbreviations include DH for darling husband, DS for darling son and DD for darling daughter.The term significant other was first used in 1953 by psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan in his book, "The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry The abbreviated term SO comes from online chat rooms in the early 1990s.The abbreviation SO refers to a significant other, which could mean a spouse, life partner, or someone in a long-term, committed relationship.In some circles, especially those discussing pansexuality or open relationships, you may come across the abbreviation OSO, which refers to "other significant other." Another term used is SSO for "secondary significant other," used in partnerships where there are primary and secondary relationships.For instance, many hospitals now use significant other in their paperwork to refer to a person who can offer support during testing, treatment, or illness.