Definition of wife:

part of speech: adjective

Wifely, wifelike.

part of speech: noun

A married woman; woman.

part of speech: noun

A woman joined to a man in marriage; a married woman.

part of speech: noun

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.

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