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goodwife

[goo d-wahyf] /ˈgʊdˌwaɪf/
noun, plural goodwives
[goo d-wahyvz] /ˈgʊdˌwaɪvz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Chiefly Scot. the mistress of a household.
2.
(initial capital letter) Archaic. a title of respect for a woman.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see good, wife
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British Dictionary definitions for goodwives

goodwife

/ˈɡʊdˌwaɪf/
noun (archaic) (pl) -wives
1.
the mistress of a household
2.
a woman not of gentle birth: used as a title
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