wifehood

[wahyf-hood]
noun
1.
the state of being a wife.
2.
wifely character or quality; wifeliness.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English wifhood, Old English wīfhād. See wife, -hood

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wife (waɪf)
 
n , pl wives
1.  a man's partner in marriage; a married womanRelated: uxorial
2.  an archaic or dialect word for woman
3.  take to wife to marry (a woman)
 
Related: uxorial
 
[Old English wīf; related to Old Norse vīf (perhaps from vīfathr veiled), Old High German wīb (German Weib)]
 
'wifehood
 
n
 
'wifeless
 
adj
 
'wifelike
 
adj
 
'wifeliness
 
n
 
'wifely
 
adj

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Nineteenth-century wifehood and motherhood were not compatible with work for the cause.
It puts the whole organism concerned in wifehood and motherhood into perfect condition.
It prepares for happy, healthy wifehood and capable, almost painless motherhood.
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