she

1 of 3

pronoun (1)

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 wantsD. J. Callahan

she

2 of 3

noun

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

s/he

3 of 3

pronoun (2)

ˈshē-ˈhē How to pronounce s/he (audio)
ˈshē-ər-ˈhē;
ˈshē-ˌslash-ˈhē
: 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?”

Word History

Etymology

Pronoun (1)

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
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 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

she

1 of 2 pronoun
: that female one
she is my wife

she

2 of 2 noun
ˈshē
: a female person or animal
often used in combination
she-cat

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