noun \ˈwīf\

: a married woman : the woman someone is married to

plural wives \ˈwīvz\

Full Definition of WIFE

a dial :  woman
b :  a woman acting in a specified capacity —used in combination <fishwife>
:  a female partner in a marriage
wife·hood \ˈwīf-ˌhd, ˈwī-ˌfd\ noun
wife·less \ˈwī-fləs\ adjective

Examples of WIFE

  1. We met him and his wife.
  2. <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

Rhymes with WIFE

WIFEHOOD Defined for Kids


noun \ˈwīf\
plural wives \ˈwīvz\

Definition of WIFE for Kids

:  a married woman
wife·ly adjective


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