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

Other Words from wife

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web There’s been a fourth case of MVD, a 24-year-old woman who was the wife of the 26-year-old man and mother of child who died from MVD. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The wife of a Guatemalan diplomat in Denver died on July 4 after undergoing a cosmetic procedure, also at an unlicensed facility in Tijuana. Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 In an interview with PEOPLE in January 2022, Lowe gushed about his wife of nearly 30 years. Grace Gavilanes, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 Putin and his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila Putina, divorced in 2014. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 The Trump family may be using the burial place of Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, as a way to secure a tax break. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 2 Aug. 2022 May marked the100th birthday of Ruby Lanette Keeler, the first wife of Fred Shuttlesworth. al, 2 Aug. 2022 In addition to his wife of 65 years, three sons and brother, Mr. DiPietro is survived by five grandchildren. Baltimore Sun, 2 Aug. 2022 The wife of Lulu’s guy leaves him for a former student of hers. Hannah Gold, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Wife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wife. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of wife

: a female partner in a marriage

Other Words from wife

wifely adjective

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