sports·​wom·​an ˈspȯrts-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce sportswoman (audio)
: a woman who engages in sports

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to betting agency Sportsbet, the 50-year-old sits in the lead, with her odds in her favour at $2. Before entering the jungle, the retired sportswoman hinted she's rushed through challenges in the past, and her task is to slow down on the show. Alicia Vrajlal,, 25 Apr. 2023 The state-industry-federal partnership was established nearly a century ago with the support of sportsmen and sportswomen, manufacturers and conservation professionals and has proven to be one of the most effective tools for conservation in the world, according to the Service. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2023 Kate, an accomplished sportswoman, beat her husband in a short race and was declared the winner—she was even awarded a small trophy. Stephanie Bridger-linning, Glamour, 28 Feb. 2023 On the hunt for a gift for your favorite sportsman or sportswoman? Chris Meehan, Popular Mechanics, 13 Dec. 2022 The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is a natural sportswoman. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2022 Stephens’ ability to overcome hurdles in her career is a testament to her relentless drive as a fierce sportswoman who has conquered the practice of mind over matter. Aley Arion, Essence, 11 July 2022 His death came just five days after that of Nirmal Kaur, his wife of 58 years and a sportswoman in her own right. New York Times, 23 June 2021 She was named Dutch sportswoman of the year in 2002 just before turning 17. Matt Majendie, CNN, 30 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sportswoman was in 1724

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“Sportswoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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sports·​wom·​an -ˌswu̇m-ən How to pronounce sportswoman (audio)
: a woman who engages in or is interested in sports and especially outdoor sports

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