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wives

 (wīvz)
n.
Plural of wife.
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wives

(waɪvz)
n
the plural of wife
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wife

(waɪf)

n., pl. wives (waɪvz)
1. a woman joined in marriage to a man and considered as his spouse.
2. a woman (archaic or dial., except in idioms): old wives' tales.
Idioms:
take to wife, to marry (a particular woman): And he took to wife a woman of the next village.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English wīf woman, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon wīf, Old High German wīp, Old Norse vīf]

-wife

a combining form of wife, now unproductive, occurring in words that designate traditional roles or occupations of women: fishwife; goodwife; housewife; midwife.
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Translations

wife

(waif) plural wives (waivz) noun
the woman to whom one is married. Come and meet my wife; He is looking for a wife.
old wives' tale
a superstitious and misleading story.
ˈwife-battering noun
the crime of beating one's own wife.
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wives

pl de wife
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References in classic literature ?
He discovered his two married brethren in their corner, unaccompanied by their wives; and he delivered his apology for his wife with the air of a man who felt unaffectedly ashamed of it:
"I don't know how your wives agree, gentlemen, when they are well.
Her sense of the implied insult offered to her by the wives of her husband's friends only showed itself in a trembling, a very slight trembling, of the hand that rested on my arm.
Germaine's friends, all married men, had been invited with their wives to meet Mr.
Let it at least be recorded to the credit of the three gentlemen, designated in these pages as A, B, and C, that they were sufficiently ashamed of themselves and their wives to be the first members of the dinner party who left the house.
The marked absence of the other wives explains itself.
W.A.--Why, I first told her the nature of our laws about marriage, and what the reasons were that men and women were obliged to enter into such compacts as it was neither in the power of one nor other to break; that otherwise, order and justice could not be maintained, and men would run from their wives, and abandon their children, mix confusedly with one another, and neither families be kept entire, nor inheritances be settled by legal descent.
For soldiers, I find the generals commonly in their hortatives, put men in mind of their wives and children; and I think the despising of marriage amongst the Turks, maketh the vulgar soldier more base.
It makes me melancholy to see how like fools some very sensible people act in the matter of choosing wives. They perplex their judgments by a most undue attention to little niceties of personal appearance, habits, disposition, and other trifles which concern nobody but the lady herself.
Like many men's wives, the good lady served her husband as a steppingstone.
And there you see her husband, in peril of his life, because a woman acted like a woman--as your wives, gentlemen of the Jury, would, in a similar position, act toward You."
(106) These cases of runaway wives strengthen Betzig's argument, while at the same time, they add a whole new dimension to it.