sports·​wom·​an | \ ˈspȯrts-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce sportswoman (audio) \

Definition of sportswoman

: a woman who engages in sports

Examples of sportswoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was named Dutch sportswoman of the year in 2002 just before turning 17. Matt Majendie, CNN, "Verona van de Leur: The star gymnast who reinvented herself as a porn actress," 30 Apr. 2020 Her mother, Jean (Brown) Hendricks, was an avid sportswoman whose shelves were lined with golf trophies. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Anne Bass, 78, Arts Patron and Peerless Gardener, Dies," 10 Apr. 2020 Though Kerr's personality allows her to take most things in her stride, her maturity and experience has also helped her adapt to the mental pressures that come with being a professional sportswoman. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Sam Kerr: The football prodigy who became Australia's million dollar player," 11 June 2019 Eaton was an extraordinary individual by any measure – an award-winning scientist, keen sportswoman, accomplished pianist and mother of two. CBS News, "American scientist murdered in Crete suffered a slow death, forensic pathologists say," 12 July 2019 The National Wildlife Federation’s Artemis initiative works to recruit, train and spotlight sportswomen who have traditionally made up a small portion of hunters. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Put Down the Kombucha and Pick Up a Crossbow: Hipsters Are the New Hunters," 9 Jan. 2019 The program is 100 percent volunteer-driven, led by sportsmen and sportswomen who harvest deer both during regular hunting season and during special off-season cull efforts, which occur when deer become a nuisance to farms or neighborhoods. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Goodwill hunting: How Michigan hunters are helping to feed needy families," 12 June 2018 Being Serena illustrates the nexus of the multiple roles Williams holds or has held: stylish celebrity; new mother; bride-to-be; wealthy suburbanite; muscle-bound, highly skilled, painstakingly maintained sportswoman. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "We’ve Never Seen an Athlete’s Story Quite Like Serena Williams’ HBO Docuseries," 2 May 2018 On the outside, my mother-in-law is a modern sportswoman. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "No More Maybe," 12 Mar. 2018

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1724, in the meaning defined above

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“Sportswoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sportswoman

: a woman who participates in sports


sports·​wom·​an | \ ˈspȯrts-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce sportswoman (audio) \
plural sportswomen\ -​ˌwi-​mən \

Kids Definition of sportswoman

: a woman who engages in or is interested in sports and especially outdoor sports

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