gold star wife definition
Define the meaning of the English word gold star wife below. Gold star wife is a noun. Also define these 6 related words and terms: military, widow, member, United States, armed forces, and killed in action.
From gold star (“(attributively) relative of a United States soldier when the latter has been killed in action”) + wife. Gold star refers to stars of that colour traditionally shown on service flags displayed by families of members of the U.S. armed forces.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɡəʊld stɑː ˈwaɪf/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɡoʊld stɑɹ ˈwaɪf/
- Rhymes: -aɪf
- (US military) The widow of a member of the United States armed forces who was killed in action.
Military definitionCharacteristic of members of the armed forces. (1 of 4 military definitions)
Killed In Action definitionThe designation for a member of an organization (primarily military) who has died while on duty.