noun wom·an \ˈw-mən, especially Southern ˈwō- or ˈwə-\

: an adult female human being

: a woman who has a specified job or position

: all women thought of as a group

plural wom·en \ˈwi-mən\

Full Definition of WOMAN

a :  an adult female person
b :  a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) —usually used in combination <councilwoman>
:  womankind
:  distinctively feminine nature :  womanliness
:  a woman who is a servant or personal attendant
a chiefly dialect :  wife
b :  mistress
c :  girlfriend 2
woman adjective
wom·an·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of WOMAN

  1. She was a shy and awkward girl who grew up to become a confident and beautiful woman.
  2. She is a grown woman.
  3. The store sells shoes for both men and women.
  4. Do they have a cleaning woman?

Origin of WOMAN

Middle English, from Old English wīfman, from wīf woman, wife + man human being, man
First Known Use: before 12th century

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WOMAN Defined for Kids


noun wom·an \ˈw-mən\
plural wom·en \ˈwi-mən\

Definition of WOMAN for Kids

:  an adult female person
:  women considered as a group
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