|Kanji in this term|
- (one's own) wife
This word should only be used in reference to the speaker’s own wife, whereas 奥さん (okusan) is a polite term used to refer to someone else’s wife.
妻 (tsuma) is a more general term for a wife, and can also mean spouse.
家内 is offensive to some, literally meaning “in the house”, thus carrying connotations of traditional gender roles; in this case, 妻 is preferred.