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Definition of wife:

  1. A woman; an adult female; - now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like.
  2. 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.


housewife, mate, better half, the little woman, the missis, matron, helpmeet, marrow, wifey, consort, lady, spouse, the old lady, helpmate, squaw, married woman, dame, ball and chain, madam.

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