\ 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 gender allow anyone to do whatever she wants— D. J. Callahan



Definition of she (Entry 2 of 3)

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


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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“She.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/she. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ ˈshē How to pronounce she (audio) \

Kids Definition of she

: that female one She is my mother.

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