Madam vs Wife - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between madam and wife
is that madam
is french governess while wife
is a married woman, especially in relation to her spouse.
- ''Mrs Grey wondered if the outfit she was trying on made her look fat. The sales assistant just said, “It suits you, madam ”.
The mistress of a household.
(colloquial) A conceited or quarrelsome girl.
- ''Later, Mrs Grey was sitting in her favourite tea shop. “Would madam like the usual cream cakes and patisserie with her tea?” the waitress asked.
(slang) A woman who runs a brothel.
- ''Selina kept pushing and shoving during musical chairs. The nursery school teacher said she was a bad-tempered little madam .
- After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam .
A married woman, especially in relation to her spouse.
* (The Fisherman and His Wife)
* , chapter=10
- My wife and I have decided to have a baby.
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife
they seemed to be brothers.}}
The female of a pair of mated animals.
Although not common, wife'' can be used with ''the to indicate one's own wife. For instance, "I'd like to go, but the wife wants me home." More commonly, "my wife".
* (married woman) better half, life partner, little woman (slang), partner, significant other, spouse
* See also
* (married woman) husband, were (obsolete)
(Terms derived from the noun "wife")
* (From woman) alewife
* (partner) co-wife
* (partner) ex-wife
* (woman) fishwife
* (woman) goodwife
* (partner) housewife
* (partner) huswife
* (partner) man and wife/I now declare you man and wife
* (woman) midwife
* (woman) old wife/old-wife/oldwife
* (woman) pudding-wife
* (partner) trophy wife
* (partner) wife-beater
* (woman/partner) wifehood
* (partner) wifeless
* (woman) wifely
* (partner) wifey