man and wife

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: and wife - two people who are married to each otherman and wife - two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"
family unit, family - primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
mixed marriage - marriage of two people from different races or different religions or different cultures; "the families of both partners in a mixed marriage often disapprove"
better half, married person, partner, spouse, mate - a person's partner in marriage
References in classic literature ?
Here were two people who had all their dearest hopes, wishes, and sympathies in common--who looked, if I may risk the expression, born to be man and wife.
On 20 February 1590 Diego and Lucrecia secretly exchanged promises of marriage and at some time before or after that date "they treated each other like man and wife and knew each other carnally.