Definition of Wife
(noun) A female partner in a marriage.
Examples of Wife
- Marge Simpson is the wife of Homer Simpson on The Simpsons.
- Michelle Obama is the wife of Barack Obama.
- American English – /wIEf/
- British English – /wIEf/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /waɪf/
- British English – /wʌɪf/
- Plural: wives
- “Families of orientation, procreation, and cohabitation provide us with some of the most important roles we will assume in life. The nuclear family roles (such as parent, child, husband, wife, and sibling) combine with extended family roles (such as grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, and in-law) to form the kinship system” (Strong, Devault, and Cohen 2011:19).
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “wife” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
Strong, Bryan, Christine DeVault, and Theodore F. Cohen. 2011. The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society. 11th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning.
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “wife.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 27, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/wife/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
wife. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/wife/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “wife.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 27, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/wife/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“wife.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 27 Sep. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/wife/>.