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Definitions of wife

  1. a married woman; a man's partner in marriage Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Wifehood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. Wifely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. A woman; an adult female; - now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a married woman; - correlative of husband. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Married persons, i.e., husbands and wives, or partners. Domestic partners, or spousal equivalents, are two adults who have chosen to share their lives in an intimate and committed relationship, reside together, and share a mutual obligation of support for the basic necessities of life. Medical Dictionary DB
  7. A woman joined to a man in marriage; a married woman. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Wifely, wifelike. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Originally, a woman of mature age that is or might be married, and in common language often still so applied, esp. in Scotland; in literature used now only in compound words, generally designing a woman of low employment; as, alewife, fish-wife: the lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to man in the lawful bonds of wedlock-the correlative of husband, “The husband of one wife.”-1. Tim. iii 2; “He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises either of virtue or mischief.”-Bacon; “A good wife is heaven's last best gift to man, his angel and minister of graces innumerable, his gem of many virtues, his casket of jewels."-Jer. Taylor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. A married woman; woman. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A woman joined to a man in wedlock. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A housewife. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The lawful consort of a man; the correlative of husband; a woman of low employment. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A woman who has a husband liv- and undivorced. The correlative term is"husband." thelawdictionary.org
  15. A woman; an adult female; -- now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like. mso.anu.edu.au
  16. The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a married woman; -- correlative of husband. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. The ordinance of marriage was sanctioned in Paradise ( Genesis 2:24 ; Matthew 19:4-6 ). Monogamy was the original law under which man lived, but polygamy early commenced ( Genesis 4:19 ), and continued to prevail all down through Jewish history. The law of Moses regulated but did not prohibit polygamy. A man might have a plurality of wives, but a wife could have only one husband. A wife's legal rights ( Exodus 21:10 ) and her duties ( Proverbs 31:10-31 ; 1 Timothy 5:14 ) are specified. She could be divorced in special cases ( Deuteronomy 22:13-21 ), but could not divorce her husband. Divorce was restricted by our Lord to the single case of adultery ( Matthew 19:3-9 ). The duties of husbands and wives in their relations to each other are distinctly set forth in the New Testament ( 1 Corinthians 7:2-5 ; Ephesians 5:22-33 ; Colossians 3:18 Colossians 3:19 ; 1 Peter 3:1-7 ). biblestudytools.com
  18. A woman; an adult female; now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like. dictgcide_fs
  19. The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a married woman; correlative of husband. dictgcide_fs
  20. w[=i]f, n. a woman: a married woman: the mistress of a house, a hostess--often in this sense 'goodwife.'--n. WIFE'HOOD, the state of being a wife.--adjs. WIFE'LESS, without a wife; WIFE'-LIKE, WIFE'LY. [A.S. wíf; Ice. víf, Ger. weib; not conn. with weave.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. Woman, esp. one who is old& rustic or uneducated (now rare exc. in old wires tale, foolish or superstitious tradition, & in comb. As FISH w., HOUSEWIFE, MIDWIFE); married woman esp. in relation to her husband (usu. my &c., w., the w. of, or with epithet as will make a good w.; wedded, lawful, w., emphatic phrr. in contrast w. mistress, concubine, &c.; all the WORLD& his w.; have, take, to w., = as w.). Hence wifehood, wifle, nn., wifeless, wifelike, wifely, aa. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A woman ; an adult female;—the lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock. Cabinet Dictionary

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