Definition of take a woman to wife in US English:

take a woman to wife

phrase

archaic
  • Marry a woman.

    • ‘Let us therefore return to our kingdoms and resolve never again to take a woman to wife; and as for me, I will show thee what I will do.’
    • ‘Abraham knew the Egyptians would not refrain from killing a husband in order to win a beautiful woman, but according to the etiquette of the times they would not take a woman to wife without the consent of her father or her brother (as in the cases of Rebecca, Dinah).’
    • ‘Actually, telling the common folk that Sarah was his sister probably would have worked okay because the custom in those days was to ask permission from the father, or the brothers if the father was gone, before a man could take a woman to wife.’