Definition of helpmate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhelpmeɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhelpmeɪt//
(also helpmeet
BrE BrE//ˈhelpmiːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhelpmiːt//
(formal or literary)
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a helpful partner, especially a wife Word Originlate 17th cent. (as helpmeet): from a mistaken reading of Gen. 2:18, 20, where Adam's future wife is described as “an help meet for him” (i.e. a suitable helper for him). The variant helpmate came into use in the early 18th cent.
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