broadwife

noun
plural broadwives

Definition of broadwife

: a female slave whose husband belonged to another master in the slaveholding states of the U.S.

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History and Etymology for broadwife

broad (from abroad, probably after English alive: live) + wife

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“Broadwife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broadwife. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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