trophy + wife
Coined 1989 by Julie Connelly in a Fortune magazine cover story, by analogy with a real estate trophy building.
- “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)
- A wife, usually young and attractive, regarded as a status symbol for the husband, usually older and affluent.
- ^ The CEO’s Second Wife, August 28, 1989
- ^ ON LANGUAGE; Trophy Wife, by William Safire, The New York Times, 1994-05-01