help·​mate | \ ˈhelp-ˌmāt How to pronounce helpmate (audio) ; Southern often ˈhep- also ˈheəp-\

Definition of helpmate

: one who is a companion and helper especially : wife

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Examples of helpmate in a Sentence

after several years as a photographer's helpmate, the young man decided to pursue his own ambitions in commercial photography the man and his helpmate of 50 years decided that it was high time they took a trip around the world together

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Tucci is a fine actor, but he is stuck with the part that more often goes to women in film; he is cast as the loving and frustrated helpmate who simply isn’t given enough material to create a substantial character. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Children Act': Film Review | TIFF 2017," 9 Sep. 2017 But his biggest loss was that of his beloved wife and helpmate, Raisa, who died of leukaemia in 1999. The Economist, "How Mikhail Gorbachev ended the cold war," 31 Aug. 2017 No vehicular helpmate is ever quite as there for you. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Honda Odyssey: The Gas-Powered Marital Aid," 10 Aug. 2017 CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make a grueling task much simpler by taking on a helpmate. Jeraldine Saunders, The Mercury News, "Horoscope: March 28, 2017," 28 Mar. 2017 Try to have someone come with you or meet you at the E.R. who can serve as your advocate and helpmate. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "Strategies to Navigate the Emergency Room," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of helpmate

1696, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for helpmate

by folk etymology from helpmeet

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The first known use of helpmate was in 1696

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English Language Learners Definition of helpmate

old-fashioned + literary : a person who is a companion and helper

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