What is wife?

  • (noun): A married woman; a man's partner in marriage.
    Synonyms: married woman

Wife

A wife is a female lifetime partner in a continuing marital relationship. A wife may also be referred to as a spouse. The term continues to be applied to a woman who has separated from her husband and ceases to be applied to such a woman only when her marriage has come to an end following a legally recognised divorce or the death of her spouse. The rights and obligations of the wife in relation to her husband and others, and her status in the community and in law, varies between cultures and has varied over time. In a heterosexual relationship, a woman's spouse is her husband.

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Leonidas I - Life
... tried to prevail upon King Anaxandridas to set aside his wife and take another ... Anaxandridas refused, claiming his wife was blameless, whereupon the ephors agreed to allow him to take a second wife without setting aside his first ... This second wife, a descendent of Chilon the Wise, promptly bore a son, Cleomenes ...
Aesacus
... Aesacus sorrowed for the death of his wife or would-be lover, a daughter of the river Cebren, and was transformed into a bird ... The Bibliotheca makes Aesacus son of Priam's first wife Arisbe, daughter of Merops ... the deceased daughter of Cebren for whom Aesacus mourns is his wife named Asterope ...
Manannán Mac Lir - Familial Relations
... According to Táin Bó Cúailnge (the Cattle Raid of Cooley), his wife is the beautiful goddess, Fand ("Pearl of Beauty" or "A Tear" - later remembered as a "Fairy ... Other sources say his wife was the goddess Áine, though she is at other times said to be his daughter ... home with a victory because of a bargain made with Manannán (either by him, or by his wife) to let Manannán have a child by his wife ...
Leucippe
... sister of Calchas and Theonoe Leucippe, the wife of Ilus and mother of Laomedon Leucippe, the wife of Thestius and mother of Iphicles, Prothous, and Cometes Leucippe, the wife of Laomedon ...
Vlad The Impaler - Family - First Marriage
... Vlad's first wife bore him two sons Mihnea I "the Bad" (Mihnea I cel Rău, ?-1510) and Mihail (?-1485) ... having seen the shadow of Vlad's wife behind a window, shot an arrow through the window into Vlad's main quarters with a message warning him that Radu's army was approaching ... Upon reading the message, Vlad's wife threw herself from the tower into a tributary of the Argeș River flowing below the castle, saying she would rather rot and ...

Famous quotes containing the word wife:

    A lock-jaw that bends a man’s head back to his heels, hydrophobia, that makes him bark at his wife and babes, insanity, that makes him eat grass; war, plague; cholera, famine, indicate a certain ferocity in nature, which, as it had its inlet by human crime, must have its outlet by human suffering.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
    Bible: Hebrew Proverbs, 18:22.

    Of course, the comic figure in all this is the long-suffering Mr. Wilkes. Mr. Wilkes—who can’t be mentally faithful to his wife and won’t be unfaithful to her technically.
    Sidney Howard (1891–1939)