wife meaning

EN[waɪf] [-aɪf]
  • A wife is a female partner in a continuing marital relationship. A wife may also be referred to as a spouse.
  • The rights and obligations of the wife in relation to her partner and her status in the community and in law varies between cultures and has varied over time.

    Definition of wife in English Dictionary

  • NounPLwives
    1. A married woman, especially in relation to her spouse.
      1. It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
    2. The female of a pair of mated animals.
      1. A new wife for the gander is introduced into the pen. ‎
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • The husband held title to the land in right of his wife (see also jure uxoris).
      • The old man and his wife bestirred themselves to make every thing ready for the unexpected guests, ...
      • My wife wasn't in the best of moods on our honeymoon last week. ― Trouble in paradise?
    2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
      • He resigned himself to his fate and began the long walk home to face his wife.
      • The plaintiffs here are third persons, and cannot be made responsible for the inadequate judgment or the improper exercise of power by the defendant's wife.
      • He spoke with humor, saying that he outkicked his coverage in marrying his wife.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Nouns
      • Countable nouns
    Related Links:
    1. en wifes
    2. en wifey
    3. en wifeys
    4. en wifely
    5. en wifelet
    Source: Wiktionary
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    Meaning of wife for the defined word.

    Grammatically, this word "wife" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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    Definiteness: Level 9
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