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By 1865, all Southern women - the happily and regrettably single, the perpetually engaged, the wives and widows - had tired of the war. The Confederacy was shrinking, and the morale of its remaining men shrinking with it.
Karen Abbott

Meaning of "wives" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WIVES

wives  [waɪvz] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WIVES

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Wives is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES WIVES MEAN IN ENGLISH?

wives

Wife

A wife is a female partner in a continuing marital relationship. A wife may also be referred to as a spouse. The term continues to be applied to a woman who has separated from her husband and ceases to be applied to such a woman only when her marriage has come to an end following a legally recognised divorce or the death of her spouse. On the death of her husband, a wife is referred to as a widow, but not after she is divorced from her husband. The rights and obligations of the wife in relation to her husband, and others, and her status in the community and in law, varies between cultures and has varied over time.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WIVES


archives
ˈɑːkaɪvz
chives
ˈtʃaɪvz
drawknives
ˈdrɔːˌnaɪvz
fives
faɪvz
hives
haɪvz
housewives
ˈhaʊsˌwaɪvz
Ives
aɪvz
knives
naɪvz
lives
laɪvz
midwives
ˈmɪdˌwaɪvz
oldwives
ˈəʊldˌwaɪvz
paperknives
ˈpeɪpəˌnaɪvz
penknives
ˈpennaɪvz
pocketknives
ˈpɒkɪtˌnaɪvz
spaewives
ˈspeɪˌwaɪvz

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WIVES

wittiest
wittily
wittiness
witting
wittingly
wittol
wittolly
witty
witwall
witwanton
Witwatersrand
wive
wivern
wiz
wiz kid
wizard
wizardly
wizardry
wizen
wizened

WORDS THAT END LIKE WIVES

alewives
butter knives
case knives
combat knives
derivatives
dinner knives
Dives
fish knives
House of Representatives
Maldives
Member of the House of Representatives
Mount of Olives
Olives
palette knives
putty knives
Republic of Maldives
sound archives
steak knives
where one lives
Young Conservatives

Synonyms and antonyms of wives in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «WIVES»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «wives» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of wives

Translation of «wives» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WIVES

Find out the translation of wives to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wives from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wives» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

妻子
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

esposas
570 millions of speakers

English

wives
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पत्नियों
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

زوجات
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

жены
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

esposas
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্ত্রীদের
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

femmes
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Isteri
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Frauen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

妻たち
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

아내
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Istri
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

vợ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மனைவிகள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

बायका
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

eşleri
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

mogli
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

żony
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дружини
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

neveste
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

συζύγους
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vroue
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fruar
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

koner
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wives

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WIVES»

The term «wives» is very widely used and occupies the 11.142 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WIVES» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «wives» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «wives» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wives

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10 QUOTES WITH «WIVES»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word wives.
1
Karen Abbott
By 1865, all Southern women - the happily and regrettably single, the perpetually engaged, the wives and widows - had tired of the war. The Confederacy was shrinking, and the morale of its remaining men shrinking with it.
2
June Allyson
So, to prepare for the role, I had to take music lessons, talk to wives who had husbands overseas, and carefully study the reactions and mannerisms of a friend who was expecting.
3
Francis Bacon
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
4
Robert Barnes
What I am telling you is that Matta had a way of making you feel comfortable and that's probably why he had nine wives because he made them feel comfortable and then uncomfortable later.
5
John Barrymore
I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom.
6
Peter L. Bergen
And in the end, bin Laden died in a squalid suburban compound surrounded by his wives and children and far from the front lines of his holy war.
7
Jim Bishop
Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.
8
F. H. Bradley
Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived. It is a pity that this is still the only knowledge of their wives at which some men seem to arrive.
9
Sitting Bull
What white man has ever seen me drunk? Who has ever come to me hungry and left me unfed? Who has seen me beat my wives or abuse my children? What law have I broken?
10
Mary Calderone
Our children are not going to be just 'our children' - they are going to be other people's husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WIVES»

Discover the use of wives in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wives and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage
Filled with humor, warmth, surprising insights, and remarkable honesty, this is a singular story of plural marriage and all the struggles and joys that go with it.
Kody Brown, Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, 2012
2
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The lives and fates of King Henry VIII's legendary six wives are laid bare in a vivid, in-depth account that is set against the colorful, tempestuous background of the Tudor era.
Alison Weir, 2007
3
Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives
Under the Sabers tells the story of four typical Army wives, who, in a flash, find themselves neck-deep in extraordinary circumstances that ultimately force them to redefine who they are as women and Army wives.
Tanya Biank, 2006
4
Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage
This is a true story about what happened when real life collided with army convention.
Tanya Biank, 2007
5
Don'ts for Wives
Don'ts for Husbands and Don'ts for Wives are facsimile editions of the original books published by A&C Black in 1913.
Blanche Ebbutt, 2010
6
Hollywood Wives - The New Generation
A new generation of women in Hollywood searches for power, money, sex, and fame as a group of ambitious Hollywood wives--including movie star, sex symbol, and four-times-married Lissa Roman--claws its way to the top of the film world.
Jackie Collins, 2002
7
Battered Wives
A study of wife beating in the United States, with reference to and victims' comments on the physical, psychological, and social effects of a complex problem
Del Martin, 1981
8
52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands
And no chapter will make husbands feel guilty or criticize them for acting like men!For the husband who wants to live God's plan for his marriage, this book will put him on the right track.
Jay Payleitner, 2012
9
Twelve Lies Wives Tell Their Husbands
Riter confronts wives with the 12 most common lies they tell their husbands, and reveals what women wish they could really know from their husbands.
Tim Riter, Sheila Riter, 2005
10
Fearless Wives and Frightened Shrews: The Construction of ...
Sigrid Brauner examines the connections between three central developments in early modern Germany: a shift in gender roles for women; the rise of a new urban ideal of femininity; and the witch hunts that swept across Europe from 1435 to ...
Sigrid Brauner, Robert H. Brown, 1995

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WIVES»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wives is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Nathan Collier, 'Sister Wives' polygamist, cites gay marriage ruling in …
Nathan Collier, who recently was featured with his two wives on TLC's reality TV show “Sister Wives,” said that on Tuesday, inspired by last week's ruling in ... «Washington Times, Jul 15»
2
ABC's 'The Astronaut Wives Club' Is A Mesmerizing Slice Of …
After a year delay, Thursday's premier of ABC's The Astronaut Wives Club was met by a somewhat lukewarm response from critics and audiences. But throwing ... «Forbes, Jun 15»
3
Breadwinning Wives More Likely To Have Husbands Who Cheat …
Breadwinning wives may also pamper their husbands more by not holding them accountable for housework typically deemed too feminine — all in an effort to ... «Medical Daily, Jun 15»
4
Mob Wives' Big Ang Confirms Medical Scare: I'm Not Going Anywhere!
Mob Wives star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola confirmed reports Thursday that she is dealing with a worrying medical diagnosis. In a post on Facebook, the reality star ... «People Magazine, Apr 15»
5
Review of Hockey Wives, Episode 1
Hockey Wives, which premiered on the W Network on Wednesday night, revels in both sides, clucking sympathetically while ogling—but one storyline is more ... «Sportsnet.ca, Mar 15»
6
'Sister Wives' Shocker: Kody Brown Divorcing Meri So That He Can …
TLC's Sister Wives is never short on drama or tension, but it's surprising that Kody Brown's family survived something that happened last year. It's no secret that ... «The Inquisitr, Feb 15»
7
Rosemary Williams Of 'My Five Wives' Says Father Sexually Abused …
Rosemary Williams of "My Five Wives" on TLC says she was molested more than two decades ago by her father, Lynn A. Thompson and published her claims in ... «Huffington Post, Nov 14»
8
Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had Up To 40 Wives
In an essay posted without fanfare to its website in late October, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said for the first time that Joseph Smith, founder ... «NPR, Nov 14»
9
Wilson Bethel To Co-Star On ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club', Pen …
As an actor, Bethel has joined ABC's 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, written/executive produced by Savage and executive produced by ... «Deadline.com, Oct 14»
10
Are the 'Sister Wives' in legal trouble?
In December, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of reality show star Kody Brown and his four wives, saying a provision of the law forbidding ... «Fox News, Oct 14»

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