Hi everybody, This thread is very similar to this one but not quite the same. I was wondering today if it's possible in your languages to refer to your loved one without saying if it's a male or a female. Let's say I am talking to somebody for the first time and this person asks me whether I have somebody in my life. In this situation, at least in French, I would feel that I have to reveal the sex of my partner (male or female). In other words, I cannot think of a word that is going to be neutral and that is NOT going to say whether I'm dating a man or a woman. copine/copain = girlfriend/boyfriend compagnon/compagne = companion (male)/companion (female) mari/femme = husband/wife ami/amie = friend (male)/friend (female): when speaking, you won't hear a difference so it might be an option but this use is a bit outdated and I think it would be weird to refer to one's partner as 'ami/amie'. In English, does the word 'partner' have any connotations? I feel that if I'm a man and I refer to my 'partner', everybody will think I'm referring to a male partner. Am I right in thinking so? I'm curious about your languages. Do you have a neutral word that you can use in this context?