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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A helpmate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A helpful partner, particularly a spouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wife; a helpmate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A partner; a helpmate; a consort; specifically, a wife.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a helpful partner

Etymologies

From misunderstanding of the phrase an help meet for him, a helper suitable for him (Adam), in Genesis 2:18, referring to Eve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a (mis?)interpretation of the phrase in Genesis 2:18 "an help meet" for Adam (i.e. suitable for him). (Wiktionary)

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