trophy wife

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Coined 1989 by Julie Connelly in a Fortune magazine cover story, by analogy with a real estate trophy building.[1][2]

“Powerful men are beginning to demand trophy wives. ... The more money men make, the argument goes, the more self-assured they become, and the easier it is for them to think: I deserve a queen.”


trophy wife ‎(plural trophy wives)

  1. A wife, usually young and attractive, regarded as a status symbol for the husband, usually older and affluent.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The CEO’s Second Wife, August 28, 1989
  2. ^ ON LANGUAGE; Trophy Wife, by William Safire, The New York Times, 1994-05-01