\ ˈshē How to pronounce she (audio) \

Definition of she

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 genderallow anyone to do whatever she wants— D. J. Callahan

she

noun

Definition of she (Entry 2 of 3)

: a female person or animal often used in combinationshe-catshe-cousin
\ ˈshē-ˈhē How to pronounce s/he (audio) ; ˈshē-ər-ˈhē; ˈshē-ˌslash-ˈhē \

Definition of s/he (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of she in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of she

Pronoun (1)

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun (2)

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for she

Pronoun (1)

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

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The first known use of she was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“She.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/she. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of she

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: that female
somewhat old-fashioned used to refer to something (such as a ship) that is thought of as having female qualities

she

noun

English Language Learners Definition of she (Entry 2 of 3)

: a girl, woman, or female animal

s/he

pronoun
How to pronounce s/he (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of s/he (Entry 3 of 3)

: she or he
\ ˈshē How to pronounce she (audio) \

Kids Definition of she

: that female one She is my mother.

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