: an international organization that promotes the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical welfare originally of young women
usually used with the
a member of the YWCA
sometimes shortened informally to the Y

Examples of YWCA in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The building was owned by the YWCA and, at various points, has housed the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the Snowden International School, and a 210-unit boutique hotel. Troy Aidan Sambajon, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2024 Laura Weigel, who runs a treatment center for the local YWCA, said one patient recently had her breast and part of her shoulder amputated because of xylazine. Laura Strickler, NBC News, 10 Dec. 2023 Volunteers of America, the YWCA and Crossroads Urban Center are some of the nonprofits that received donations from Even Stevens. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 On Thursday, Love Your Labels, the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, and MassEquality, an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, started a petition drive opposing the policy. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2023 It’s now organized by a ceremony committee that works with the city of Elgin, YWCA Elgin, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin Community College and other organizations. Gloria Casas, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2023 Anderson-Ford serves as chief diversity officer for YWCA New Hampshire. Steven Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2023 When other kids were playing little league, Condo was taking painting classes at the YWCA. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 During my terms as president, I was honored with numerous awards, but two — the Trailblazer Award from Essence magazine and the YWCA Greater Los Angeles Silver Achievement Award — stand out because they were presented to me by Sidney (who was joined by Oprah Winfrey at the Essence event). Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


Young Women's Christian Association

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of YWCA was in 1876

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“YWCA.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/YWCA. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

: an international organization that promotes the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical welfare originally of young Christian women

Young Women's Christian Association

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