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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:04:41 AM

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Hello!
What relationship is "the broad wife"?
This is from "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell:

Our cook is the broad wife of the Wilkes butler, and he was over last night with the news that the engagement would be announced tonight and Cookie told us this morning.

Thank you!
Kirill
thar
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:55:34 AM

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Unless there is something I'm unaware of, I don't think this is a 'broad wife' as a relationship.

It is just physically describing the woman. Diplomatically! Whistle
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:04:56 AM

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Dictionary.com has a definition:


Broadwife

noun, plural broadwives. U.S. History.
1.
a female slave whose husband was owned by another master.

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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.


EDIT: When I googled broadwife, several other dictionaries came up, with the same definition.


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thar
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:08:15 AM

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Ah, thanks JJ - slavery lingo - not what one picks up in normal conversation. I clearly should have read more American historica literature!
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To be fair, I didn't google it because I thought the OP said Kiril had. Maybe I just assumed. And broadwife would make it simpler. d'oh! Whistle
NKM
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:11:26 PM

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I don't think the term is widely known to Americans, either. Certainly I had never heard of it.

Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:17:49 AM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Dictionary.com has a definition:


Broadwife

noun, plural broadwives. U.S. History.
1.
a female slave whose husband was owned by another master.

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.


EDIT: When I googled broadwife, several other dictionaries came up, with the same definition.


Thank you very much, Jyrkkä!

And thanks to all who responded. I agree, I should have googled it myself first... I just assumed that was a relationship that would be readily known by native speakers, so I asked. Besides, I like talking to people on this forum better than asking the coldblooded google.Dancing And this way one usually learns more than just the answer to a specific question!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 7:48:46 AM

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Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:40:16 AM

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Kirill Vorobyov wrote:
Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Dictionary.com has a definition:


Broadwife

noun, plural broadwives. U.S. History.
1.
a female slave whose husband was owned by another master.

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.


EDIT: When I googled broadwife, several other dictionaries came up, with the same definition.


Thank you very much, Jyrkkä!

And thanks to all who responded. I agree, I should have googled it myself first... I just assumed that was a relationship that would be readily known by native speakers, so I asked. Besides, I like talking to people on this forum better than asking the coldblooded google.Dancing And this way one usually learns more than just the answer to a specific question!


Google would have given you the definition it would not have shown that it was a word that even people like thar and NKM were not familiar with.

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