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foster wife

[cf. OED foster guardianship] n. 1. [perhaps influenced by fos(t) first + -er (com­parative)] a first wife; the woman to whom a man was married before he took on a mistress. (Eleu.)

2. [from her being the children's foster mother] a second wife; the woman a man marries after the death of his first wife. (Andros, San Sal.)

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Last update: 2010-12-05 15:27
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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