wife

play
noun \ˈwīf\

Definition of wife

plural

wives

play \ˈwīvz\
  1. 1a dialect :  womanb :  a woman acting in a specified capacity —used in combination fishwife

  2. 2 :  a female partner in a marriage

wifehood

play \ˈwīf-ˌhu̇d, ˈwī-ˌfu̇d\ noun

wifeless

play \ˈwī-fləs\ adjective

Examples of wife in a Sentence

  1. We met him and his wife.

  2. a husband and wife who treat each other as equals in their marriage

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Origin and Etymology of wife

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



WIFE Defined for English Language Learners

wife

play
noun

Definition of wife for English Language Learners

  • : a married woman : the woman someone is married to


WIFE Defined for Kids

wife

play
noun \ˈwīf\

Definition of wife for Students

plural

wives

\ˈwīvz\
  1. :  a married woman

wifely

adjective


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