Here, I am confused. I cannot say "younger daughter-in-law" as the order of sons is defined by their age but we can't say that about their wives. So shall I say "my second daughter-in-law"?

  • You're right, 'younger daughter-in-law' refers to the woman. You want to say something where the daughter-in-law is the subject, but the qualification is the age of the son. In English, you have to spell it out as @Daniel did. In your native language, is there a specific term for this or another way of pointing out the 'wife of my younger son'? – Mitch Jul 19 '12 at 17:32
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    @mitch - we do have a distinction, albeit only coarse. One can say 'छोटी बहू' (choti bahu) which transliterates as 'younger daughter-in-law'. Yet the removal of ambiguation by listeners as mentioned by Daniel here is purely due to the popular use of this particular phrase in Hindi. – Anurag Kalia Jul 20 '12 at 15:17

If you can't use her name (e.g. if you're introducing her), and need to specify exactly which daughter-in-law, I'd suggest "my younger son's wife".

Second daughter-in-law is ambiguous since you aren't clear on what is being counted. It's not clear which you mean: younger daughter-in-law, or wife of younger son, or wife of son who married second.

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    Or "my son's second wife" for that matter. – Jay Jul 19 '12 at 18:07

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