\ 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

she

noun

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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for she

she

pronoun

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

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

: she or he

she

pronoun
\ ˈshē How to pronounce she (audio) \

Kids Definition of she

: that female one She is my mother.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on she

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with she

Spanish Central: Translation of she

Nglish: Translation of she for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of she for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about she

Comments on she

What made you want to look up she? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

concealment of treason or felony

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!