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

2. (n.) 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.

better half bride common-law wife concubine consort dowager feme feme covert goodwife goody helpmate helpmeet lady married woman mate matron old lady old woman other half rib spouse squaw wedded wife woman


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