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Definitions of wife

  1. 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.
  2. a married woman; a man's partner in marriage Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. A woman joined to a man in marriage; a married woman. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. 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.
  6. A married woman; woman. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A housewife. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Wifely, wifelike. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for wife

  1. When I say that I want Clara Desmond to be my wife I mean to say that I want that, and that only. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. You will be my wife – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
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