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

Examples of sportswoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Chinese sportswomen, academics and women from the film industry have since shared their experiences, under the hashtag #WoYeShi. Middle East Mona Eltahawy launched the hashtag #MosqueMeToo in 2018. The Week Staff, theweek, 8 Mar. 2024 The movie’s silence is so loaded with the anxiety, obstinance, inchoate anger and desire for anonymity of the traumatized teenage sportswoman that the constant thwack of her racquet hitting the ball cuts through the tension like violent shocks. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 May 2024 Others expressed concern that the fit will sexualize sportswomen, given the uniforms' lack of coverage. Juliana Kim, NPR, 15 Apr. 2024 In and amongst other top-notch sporting talents: the inimitable Serena Williams, who took time out to share some wit and wisdom with Vogue in her hotel room, starting with her number-one piece of advice for the next generation of sportswomen. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 14 Apr. 2024 Vera was an active sportswoman and equestrian who ran in aristocratic circles, becoming a valuable associate of Chanel’s. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2024 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1724, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sportswoman was in 1724

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“Sportswoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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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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