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Meaning of WIFE

Pronunciation:  wIf

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a married woman; a man's partner in marriage

WIFE is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: married woman
 Antonyms: hubby, husband, married man
 See Also: adult female, Anne Hathaway, battle-ax, battle-axe, better half, Catherine, Catherine of Aragon, crown princess, first lady, Frau, golf widow, Hathaway, homemaker, honest woman, housewife, lady of the house, marchioness, married person, mate, matron, mayoress, missis, missus, Mrs, old lady, partner, Rachel, Rebecca, Rebekah, Ruth, Sarah, Senora, sheika, sheikha, signora, spouse, ux, uxor, vicereine, viscountess, woman, woman of the house



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Wife\, n.; pl. {Wives}. [OE. wif, AS. wif; akin to OFries.
& OS. wif, D. wijf, G. weib, OHG. w[=i]b, Icel. v[=i]f, Dan.
viv; and perhaps to Skr. vip excited, agitated, inspired, vip
to tremble, L. vibrare to vibrate, E. vibrate. Cf. Tacitus,
[`` Germania'' 8]: Inesse quin etiam sanctum aliquid et
providum putant, nec aut consilia earum aspernantur aut
responsa neglegunt. Cf. {Hussy} a jade, {Woman}.]
1. A woman; an adult female; -- now used in literature only
   in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife,
   goodwife, and the like. `` Both men and wives.'' --Piers

         On the green he saw sitting a wife.   --Chaucer.

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. `` The husband of one
   wife.'' --1 Tin. iii. 2.

         Let every one you . . . so love his wife even as
         himself, and the wife see that she reverence her
         husband.                              --Eph. v. 33.

{To give to wife}, {To take to wife}, to give or take (a
   woman) in marriage.

{Wife's equity} (Law), the equitable right or claim of a
   married woman to a reasonable and adequate provision, by
   way of settlement or otherwise, out of her choses in
   action, or out of any property of hers which is under the
   jurisdiction of the Court of Chancery, for the support of
   herself and her children. --Burrill.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing your wife in your dream means discord and unresolved issues.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The ordinance of marriage was sanctioned in Paradise (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6). Monogamy was the original law under which man lived, but polygamy early commenced (Gen. 4:19), and continued to prevail all down through Jewish history. The law of Moses regulated but did not prohibit polygamy. A man might have a plurality of wives, but a wife could have only one husband. A wife's legal rights (Ex. 21:10) and her duties (Prov. 31:10-31; 1 Tim. 5:14) are specified. She could be divorced in special cases (Deut. 22:13-21), but could not divorce her husband. Divorce was restricted by our Lord to the single case of adultery (Matt. 19:3-9). The duties of husbands and wives in their relations to each other are distinctly set forth in the New Testament (1 Cor. 7:2-5; Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18, 19; 1 Pet. 3:1-7).