\ 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 Tyler's wife unintentionally fired a gun that had been dropped during a physical altercation, police have said, and the Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office announced last week that no charges would be filed. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Protesters carry on in calls for justice for Malcolm Williams after death of his brother," 27 June 2020 Back at Trailside Elementary, Ingram’s wife got a call from her husband. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "He went for a run in Anchorage. A woman stopped to ask if he belonged in the neighborhood.," 27 June 2020 Troicki's pregnant wife, Djokovic's fitness coach and Dimitrov's coach were also positive. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Novak Djokovic and the Adria Tour: the exhibition event that shocked tennis," 27 June 2020 Your ex-wife will have an especially hard time with the news, no doubt, and things may always be tense between you two. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Divorced Dad hesitates to share news of new baby with kids, ex-wife," 26 June 2020 Depp himself has become a controversial figure after the abuse allegations from ex-wife Amber Heard. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Margot Robbie set to star in new Pirates of the Caribbean movie," 26 June 2020 Lori Fox, Pat's wife, is also leaving her position as vice president at the company effective Sunday. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pat Fox, president of Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly, moving to part-time job as chairman of company's board," 25 June 2020 His ex-wife works as a nurse in a coronavirus unit. Washington Post, "She wants to socially distance. He doesn’t. Can their relationship survive?," 25 June 2020 For example, when McGillen and his ex-wife arranged for Max to spend the day at one home and the night at the other, to better balance working remotely and parenting, Max started to throw more tantrums. Lydia Denworth, The Atlantic, "What Happens When Kids Don’t See Their Peers for Months," 24 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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30 Jun 2020

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“Wife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wife. Accessed 4 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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