\ 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 combinationfishwife
2 : a female partner in a marriage

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wifehood \ ˈwīf-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce wifehood (audio) , ˈwī-​ˌfu̇d \ noun
wifeless \ ˈwī-​fləs How to pronounce wifeless (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 De Blasio, an outspoken critic of President Trump, was seen working alongside his wife, Chirlane McCray, and Sharpton to help construct the message being written in yellow on the street. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Bill de Blasio and Al Sharpton spotted helping paint Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower," 9 July 2020 The sellers are Darryl Eaton, 56, the co-head of contemporary music at talent agency CAA North America, and his wife Teri Eaton, 54, an entertainment attorney at CAA. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "An L.A. Home With a Ceiling Crafted From Tiny Skylights Lists for $25 Million," 9 July 2020 Kemp’s wife, Shanynn Kemp, harassed and prevented a witness from speaking out to law enforcement officials about the crimes, according to court documents from the plea hearings. Fox News, "US Army soldier sentenced to life for sexual assault of minor," 9 July 2020 In an April interview with National Defense Radio Show, Hanks talked about he and his wife's experience with coronavirus. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Tom Hanks doesn't get 'how common sense has somehow been put into question' with coronavirus," 8 July 2020 At the end of the new episode, viewers once again saw Denise and Aaron leave an event after his awkward confrontation with some of his wife's castmates. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Brandi Glanville Feels 'Nervous' as She Attends the Same Party as Denise Richards in RHOBH Teaser," 8 July 2020 Siva returned to the U.S. when the coronavirus pandemic shut the league down for the first time in March, visiting Louisville at one point to see his wife's family and his father, who still live in the city. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "'Interesting, to say the least': Peyton Siva's peek at basketball in a coronavirus bubble," 7 July 2020 The other thinks the comment placed the wife's reputation at risk for the benefit of another, and so was actually praiseworthy. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: No good comes from mentioning money on social media," 6 July 2020 In exchange for a discounted or free wedding, Perna would leave his ex-wife's then boyfriend with a permanent facial scar, the documents say. NBC News, "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star's ex hired mobster to assault her husband, authorities allege," 30 June 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wife. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wife

: a married woman : the woman someone is married to


\ 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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