wifehood

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Etymology[edit]

From wife +‎ -hood.

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wifehood (usually uncountable, plural wifehoods)

  1. The quality or state of being a wife.
  2. The character or behaviour that befits a good wife; wifeliness.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.5:
      That girdle gave the vertue of chast love, / And wivehood true, to all that did it beare […].

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