ഭാര്യ ജോലിക്ക് പോയി കഴിഞ്ഞ് മറ്റൊരു സ്ത്രീയോടൊപ്പം വീട്ടിലെത്തിയ ഭര്‍ത്താവ് കണ്ടത്

A wife is a female partner in a continuing marital relationship. A wife refers to a woman. The term continues to be applied to a woman who has separated from her partner, and ceases to be applied to such a woman only when her marriage has come to an end, following a legally recognized divorce or the death of her spouse. On the death of her partner, a wife is referred to as a widow, but not after she is divorced from her partner.

The rights and obligations of a wife in relation to her partner and her status in the community and in law vary between cultures and have varied over time.
A white gold wedding ring and a single-diamond, gold-banded engagement ring. In many cultures, wives show their marital status through various symbols.
The word is of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *wībam, “woman”. In Middle English it had the form wif, and in Old English wīf, “woman or wife”. It is related to Modern German Weib (woman, female),[1] and Danish viv (wife, usually poetic) and may derive ultimately from the Indo-European root ghwībh- “shame; pudenda” (cf. Tocharian B kwīpe and Tocharian A kip, each meaning “female pudenda”, with clear sexual overtones).[2] The original meaning of the phrase “wife” as simply “woman”, unconnected with marriage or a husband/wife, is preserved in words such as “midwife” and “fishwife”.

In many cultures, marriage is generally expected that a woman will take her husband’s surname, though that is not universal. A married woman may indicate her marital status in a number of ways: in Western culture a married woman would commonly wear a wedding ring but in other cultures other markers of marital status may be used. A married woman is commonly given the honorific title “Mrs”, but some married women prefer to be referred to as “Ms”, a title which is also used when the marital status of a woman is unknown.

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