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a helpmate; spouse [Helpmeet was derived from a misreading in the King James Bible where God promises Adam “to make a help meet for him,” meaning a help suitable for him. As Eve became the “help,” “help meet” was interpreted as “spouse.”]
Not to be confused with:
helpmate – companion and helper; husband or wife; anything that assists
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[From misunderstanding of the phrase an help meet for him, a helper suitable for him (Adam), in Genesis 2:18, referring to Eve.]
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a less common word for helpmate
[C17: from the phrase an helpe meet (suitable) for him Genesis 2:18]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a companion and helper.
2. a wife or husband.
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