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(n.) A woman; an adult female; - now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like.
(n.) The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a married woman; - correlative of husband.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Wife'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/w/wife.html. 1828.