wife

noun
\ ˈwīf How to pronounce wife (audio) \
plural wives\ ˈwīvz How to pronounce wives (audio) \

Definition of wife

1a dialect : woman
b : a woman acting in a specified capacity used in combination fishwife
2 : a female partner in a marriage

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Other Words from wife

wifehood \ ˈwīf-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce wifehood (audio) , ˈwī-​ˌfu̇d \ noun
wifeless \ ˈwī-​fləs How to pronounce wifeless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for wife

Synonyms

helpmate, helpmeet, lady, little woman, madam, missus (or missis), Mrs., old lady, wifey, woman [chiefly dialect]

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Examples of wife in a Sentence

We met him and his wife. a husband and wife who treat each other as equals in their marriage

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Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello posted a tribute to the cathedral on his Instagram, as did Pinault’s wife, Salma Hayek. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Fashion Luxury Groups, Kering and LVMH, Pledge Combined 300 Million Euros to Repair Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 On Thursday, Ghosn’s wife Carole, who had left for France after Ghosn’s latest arrest, returned for questioning in a Tokyo court. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Detention of Nissan’s ex-chair Ghosn extended to April 22," 12 Apr. 2019 Last month, after the couple announced their engagement, former baseball player Jose Canseco accused Rodriguez of cheating on J.Lo with his ex-wife, Jessica Canseco. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Responds to Alex Rodriguez Cheating Rumors on The Breakfast Club," 10 Apr. 2019 Keeley Ann Williams Jason's oldest daughter with his ex-wife is sixteen years old. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr's Children," 6 Apr. 2019 Consider this Spanish-style home in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, that Frances Merrill of Reath Design revamped for a television screenwriter-producer and his wife and two daughters. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Jose Canseco claims that 43-year-old Rodriguez has allegedly been unfaithful to J.Lo with Canseco’s ex-wife. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Who is Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez's Yankees Colleague Speaking Out on His Relationship?," 11 Mar. 2019 He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Luke Perry of "Riverdale" Has Passed Away at 52 After a Massive Stroke," 4 Mar. 2019 That would free up at least an hour a week for the typical middle-aged dad, who, despite his invariably generous self-appraisal, is deemed by his wife and children to be roughly as humorous as Lenin’s funeral. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Would Your Clone Have the Same Sense of Humor?," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of wife

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wife

Middle English wif, from Old English wīf; akin to Old High German wīb wife and probably to Tocharian B kwīpe female pudenda

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The first known use of wife was before the 12th century

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wife

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wife

: a married woman : the woman someone is married to

wife

noun
\ ˈwīf How to pronounce wife (audio) \
plural wives\ ˈwīvz \

Kids Definition of wife

: a married woman

Other Words from wife

wifely adjective

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