noun ale·wife \ˈāl-ˌwīf\

Definition of ALEWIFE

:  a woman who keeps an alehouse

First Known Use of ALEWIFE

15th century


plural ale·wives\-ˌwīvz\

Definition of ALEWIFE

:  a food fish (Alosa pseudoharengus) of the herring family that is very abundant along the Atlantic coast; also :  any of several related fishes (as the menhaden)

Origin of ALEWIFE

perhaps alteration of obsolete allowes, a kind of shad, from French alose shad, from Old French, from Late Latin alausa
First Known Use: 1633


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