Simple Definition of wife
: a married woman : the woman someone is married to
Examples of wife
We met him and his wife.
<a husband and wife who treat each other as equals in their marriage>
Origin of wife
Middle English wif, from Old English wīf; akin to Old High German wīb wife and probably to Tocharian B kwīpe female pudenda
First Known Use: before 12th century
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Definition of wife
plural wives \ˈwīvz\
: a married woman
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