- a North American fish, Alosa pseudoharengus, resembling a small shad.
Origin of alewife1
- a woman who owns or operates an alehouse.
Origin of alewife2
Examples from the Web for alewife
Historical Examples of alewife
There be espiers set in every lane and the highway, said the alewife.
Joan (passim), a generic name for an alewife, strumpet, and the like: see Doctour Double Ale and next entry.
Calote had caught the withered bough when it fell, and made off with it under the alewife's very nose.
They went into the tavern and the alewife set her best brew before them, and presently slipped out to seek her gossips.
Bunch (Mother), an alewife, mentioned by Dekker in his drama called Satiromastix .Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1
The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
- a North American fish, Pomolobus pseudoharengus, similar to the herring Clupea harengus: family Clupeidae (herrings)