goodwife

noun
good·​wife | \ ˈgu̇d-ˌwīf How to pronounce goodwife (audio) \

Definition of goodwife

1 archaic : the mistress of a household
2 archaic : mrs.

First Known Use of goodwife

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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