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she

pronoun \ ˈshē \

Definition of she

1 :that female one who is neither speaker nor hearer
  • she is my wife
— compare he, her, hers, it, they
2 used to refer to one regarded as feminine (as by personification)
  • she was a fine ship
3 used as an alternative to he to refer to a person of unspecified gender
  • allow anyone to do whatever she wants
  • —D. J. Callahan

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Origin and Etymology of she

Middle English, probably alteration of hye, alteration of Old English hēo she — more at he


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she

noun

Definition of she

:a female person or animal often used in combination
  • she-cat
  • she-cousin

Examples of she in a Sentence

  1. “Somebody called when you were out, but I can't remember who.” “Was it a he or a she?”

Recent Examples of she from the Web

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First Known Use of she

14th century


s/he

pronoun \ ˈshē-ˈhē ; ˈshē-ər-ˈhē ; ˈshē-ˌslash-ˈhē \

Definition of s/he

:she or he used in writing as a pronoun of common gender

First Known Use of s/he

1973



SHE Defined for English Language Learners

she

pronoun

Definition of she for English Language Learners

  • : that female

  • —used to refer to something (such as a ship) that is thought of as having female qualities


she

noun

Definition of she for English Language Learners

  • : a girl, woman, or female animal


s/he

pronoun

Definition of s/he for English Language Learners

  • : she or he


SHE Defined for Kids

she

pronoun \ ˈshē \

Definition of she for Students

:that female one
  • She is my mother.


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