der Ehegatte

(noun)

Meanings

1.
the husband
("Ehegattin" for wife. A very formal, old sounding term.)

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Root: *ghedh-

The core idea of this root was:

unity, fitting together really well

From there, it slowly shifted from fitting toward the idea of good.
In German, it is also the origin of das Gitter, which is a sort of fence (fitting together) and of der Gatte and die Gattin, which are old school words for husband and wife, respectively – literally, the fitting one.

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