goodwife

[ goo d-wahyf ]
/ ˈgʊdˌwaɪf /

noun, plural good·wives [goo d-wahyvz] /ˈgʊdˌwaɪvz/.

Chiefly Scot. the mistress of a household.
(initial capital letter) Archaic. a title of respect for a woman.

Origin of goodwife

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at good, wife
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goodwife
/ (ˈɡʊdˌwaɪf) /

noun plural -wives archaic

the mistress of a household
a woman not of gentle birth: used as a title
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