- a woman: archaic or dial., except as used in such compounds as midwife, alewife, etc.
- a woman with reference to the person to whom she is married
- any married woman
Origin of wifeMiddle English from Old English wif, woman, akin to Swedish viv, German weib from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form weip-, to twist, turn, wrap, in sense “the hidden or veiled person”
take to wife