Meaning of “wife” in the English Dictionary

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"wife" in British English

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wifenoun [ C ]

uk /waɪf/ us /waɪf/ plural wives

A1 the woman that you are married to:

I met Greg's wife for the first time.
She's his third wife (= she is the third woman he has been married to).

More examples

  • He composed this poem for his wife.
  • Just out of interest, how old is your wife?
  • I seem to remember that on that occasion he was with his wife.
  • Husbands and wives may be taxed independently.
  • We had dinner with our director and his charming wife.

(Definition of “wife” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wife" in American English

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wifenoun [ C ]

us /wɑɪf/ plural wives /wɑɪvz/

the woman to whom a man is married; a married woman

(Definition of “wife” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)