Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From wife +‎ -hood.

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

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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  • 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

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