Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being a wife.
  • n. The character or behaviour that befits a good wife; wifeliness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Womanhood.
  • n. The state of being a wife; the character of a wife.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wifely character or condition; the state of being a wife.

Etymologies

From wife +‎ -hood. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Recently in a college history textbook, I read an interesting part that explained to me why so many young women do not think that homemaking and wifehood is the highest a woman could possibly achieve in life.

    Better At Home

  • But here's the next turn: although old Maria Martell feels that spurning domestic wifehood is necessary if she is to pursue her dreams, her fate is not exactly to be single either.

    The Great Escape

  • Those who by virtue of wifehood and daughterhood are respectable, and those who are not respectable.

    CHAPTER 4

  • The marital union may be characterized by the refusal of the woman to assume any serious obligation of wifehood or motherhood.

    Childbirth with Hypnosis « Awful Library Books

  • Like Obama's off-the-shoulder ensemble, Kelly's royal bridal gown was a sartorial divider page: the end of a blushing political preamble, the beginning of world-stage wifehood.

    No Wonder They Called Her Grace

  • You say that wifehood, motherhood, homemaking, etc are things that must be done when it is time to do them.

    The Better Part

  • May your lives continue in Happiness, Health, and Good Humor. .always important in facing the issues of motherhood, wifehood (is that a word?), and enterprise.

    empreinte de pied - French Word-A-Day

  • I would say that a woman may successfully combine a profession of her own with the oldest one in the world, that of wifehood and motherhood, but only if she be able to pursue the career at home.

    L.M. Montgomery on Balancing Family and Career

  • She felt that she had embarked on an adventure far greater than the merchandising trip that she'd taken with her father, that wondrous journey that had erected a towered city on the scrubby plane of her brain and spoiled her for a life of normal, sedentary wifehood for all time.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Her document of wifehood, drawn up between the master Meshullam son of Zaccur and the groom in the same year as that of Mibtahiah with Eshor (449), displays erasures, supralinear and final additions that indicate a much-negotiated arrangement whose aim was to enhance the status of the bride vis-à-vis her master.

    Elephantine.

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