Bill Mounce

For an Informed Love of God


γυνή means “woman; wife.”

“O γυνή, great is your faith!” (Matt 15:28).

“Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary as your γυνή” (Matt 1:20).

Mounce's Expository Dictionary (abridged): 

Noun: γυνή (gynē), GK G1222 (S G1135), 215x. γυνή can refer to an adult female person, including virgins (e.g., Mt. 9:20; 13:33; 27:55; Lk. 1:42). γυνή also denotes a “wife.” Paul uses the word 21x in his important chapter dealing with marriage in 1 Cor. 7. γυνή appears with ἀνήρ (“man, husband”) in the qualifications pertaining to elders and deacons being the husband of but one wife (1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Tit. 1:16). γυνή can also refer to a newly married woman, i.e., a bride (Rev. 19:7; 21:9).