good-wife

goodwife

[good-wahyf]
noun, plural goodwives [good-wahyvz] .
1.
Chiefly Scot. the mistress of a household.
2.
(initial capital letter) Archaic. a title of respect for a woman.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English; see good, wife

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goodwife (ˈɡʊdˌwaɪf)
 
n , pl -wives
1.  the mistress of a household
2.  a woman not of gentle birth: used as a title

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