(dated, or, poetic) A girl or an unmarried young woman; maiden.
A female servant or cleaner (short for maidservant).
* , title=The Mirror and the Lamp
- Note - maid is often used in the common or species names of flowering plants.
, passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid
, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.}}
(archaic) A virgin of either gender.
* 1380+ , (Geoffrey Chaucer), (The Canterbury Tales)
* 1601 , (William Shakespeare), (Twelfth Night)
- Crist was a mayde and shapen as a man.
- You are betrothed both to a maid and man.
* (young female person) damsel, maiden
* (female servant) handmaiden, lady-in-waiting, maidservant
* (female cleaner) chambermaid (in a hotel), charlady (in a house), charwoman (in a house)
* French maid
* maid of honour
* old maid
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