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[wahyf-hoo d] /ˈwaɪf hʊd/
the state of being a wife.
wifely character or quality; wifeliness.
Origin of wifehood
1350-1400; Middle English wifhood, Old English wīfhād. See wife, -hood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was a widowhood consecrated, as much as her wifehood had been, to her husband's genius.

  • The eldest early assumed the burdens of wifehood and maternity.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • wifehood and devotion; motherhood and care she has known for she has given fifteen children to the world.

  • Then it occurred to her, for the first time in her wifehood, to think what she would do if he were lost.

  • Could I speak of that unstained sacred life of wifehood and motherhood to this polluted though lovely creature?

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • It was no trivial task, she saw, to face Jeff's wife and drag her back to wifehood.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Shall these women, it is asked, be denied motherhood as well as wifehood?

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • She accepts the disadvantages of wifehood and foregoes the advantages.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • He is an ardent believer in the training of girls before marriage for wifehood and motherhood.

  • She put it to herself that—as she believed—she had a talent for wifehood.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

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