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Definitions of wife

  1. a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
  2. Wifehood.
  3. Wifely.
  4. A woman; an adult female; - now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like.
  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.
  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.
  7. A woman joined to a man in marriage; a married woman.
  8. Wifely, wifelike.
  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.
  10. A married woman; woman.
  11. A woman joined to a man in wedlock.
  12. A housewife.
  13. The lawful consort of a man; the correlative of husband; a woman of low employment.
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Usage examples for wife

  1. You will be my wife – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  2. " You mean a president's wife – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  3. Of your uncle's wife – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  4. I asked him if his wife were there. – The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James
  5. If you really want a home and a wife like me... – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  6. Maida was my wife at last, and she was happy. – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  7. On his return home, Colonel Herbert went immediately to his wife to inquire for Mrs Harrington and Emily. – Amy Herbert by Elizabeth Sewell
  8. That's richt, and what aboot Isaac's wife – Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush by Ian Maclaren
  9. " Then once you had a wife – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  10. " I'll go and help Fred," he said to his wife – Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's by Laura Lee Hope
  11. My wife has come back. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  12. To save Richard- to be his wife – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  13. 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
  14. He did not love his wife of that she was sure. – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  15. Let me be your wife – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  16. One day I went over with my wife to show her the place. – The Conjure Woman by Charles W. Chesnutt
  17. Said you had been very kind to his wife – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  18. It was his wife who replied to that. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  19. Your wife home yet? – What's-His-Name by George Barr McCutcheon
  20. I told him that I was a wife – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
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