towns·​wom·​an ˈtau̇nz-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce townswoman (audio)
: a woman who is a native or resident of a town or city
: a woman born or residing in the same town or city as another

Examples of townswoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One townswoman Wise befriended at work met her in a bathroom with a change of clothes and the ID badge of another woman who was out sick. Desiree Stennett, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Oct. 2022 The other is the drowning, under possibly suspicious circumstances, of a much-loved young townswoman, Ariel. Ellen Akins Washington Post, Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of townswoman was in 1612

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“Townswoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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