\ˈshē \

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 gender allow 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 combination she-catshe-cousin

\ˈshē-ˈhē; 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?”

Recent Examples on the Web: Pronoun

Lucia, the poor little rich girl at the center of this tragedy, suffers endlessly and audiences line up, again and again, to watch as she is pushed around by the men in her life, bullied to insanity and driven to slay her own husband. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Review: Local soprano leads Opera Colorado’s bloody but satisfying “Lucia,” opening this weekend," 4 May 2017 She was shot twice from a distance and bled to death. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "'Just words to me': Sarah Wierstad's mother rejects apology at sentencing," 10 Mar. 2017 She was officially identified by the Alameda County Coroner’s Office, Sheriff’s Sgt. Harry Harris, The Mercury News, "Body found in Fremont creek confirmed as Jayda Jenkins," 24 Feb. 2017 She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, where doctors flushed out the one-inch, live cockroach. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "She felt a “crawling sensation.” Doctors found a live cockroach in her skull.," 13 Feb. 2017 She was inducted into the CIF and Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005. Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register, "Strausberg inducted into Fountain Valley Hall of Fame," 7 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

She allowed The Times this exclusive glimpse to highlight what many spouses, so often seen but not heard, talk about and experience behind the scenes of the country’s most successful, sometimes most polemical, sports league. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Inside the Facebook Group Where N.F.L. Wives Share Anxieties and Advice," 7 Aug. 2017 Before the crash, Lauer was most widely known as a star volleyball player at Desert Christian Academy in Bermuda Dunes, Calif., She later coached at the school and played for College of the Desert in Palm Desert. USA TODAY, "She didn’t put her baby in a car seat; now she is charged with murder.," 5 May 2017 The Super-Cheesy-and-She-Knows-It Mom Cheesy pancakes for a mom who makes more dad jokes than your dad. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "A Very Useful Guide to Mother's Day Pancake Decisions," 11 May 2017 The Super-Cheesy-and-She-Knows-It Mom Cheesy pancakes for a mom who makes more dad jokes than your dad. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "A Very Useful Guide to Mother's Day Pancake Decisions," 11 May 2017

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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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she

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of she

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: that female

—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

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

: she or he

she

pronoun
\ˈshē \

Kids Definition of she

: that female one She is my mother.

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