woman

noun
wom·​an | \ ˈwu̇-mən How to pronounce woman (audio) , especially Southern ˈwō- How to pronounce woman (audio) or ˈwə- How to pronounce woman (audio) \
plural women\ ˈwi-​mən How to pronounce women (audio) \

Definition of woman

1a : an adult female person
b : a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) usually used in combination councilwoman
2 : womankind
3 : distinctively feminine nature : womanliness
4 : a woman who is a servant or personal attendant
5a chiefly dialectal : wife
b : mistress
6 : a woman who is extremely fond of or devoted to something specified I'm a chocolate woman through and through, but one bite of West's banana pudding cupcake and I was sold.— Hattie Brown Garrow

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Other Words from woman

woman adjective
womanless \ ˈwu̇-​mən-​ləs How to pronounce womanless (audio) , especially Southern  ˈwō-​ or  ˈwə-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for woman

Synonyms

female, lady, skirt [slang]

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Examples of woman in a Sentence

She grew up to become a confident and beautiful woman. She is a grown woman. The store sells shoes for both men and women.
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Bestseller's brands like Vero Moda, positioned at young career women, and Jack & Jones, which attempts to reach a younger demographic through sponsoring an esports team, are common in Europe. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Skyscraper in Rural Denmark Will Be Seen For Miles," 2 Apr. 2019 Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Times Demi Lovato's Epic Clap-Backs Left Us SHAKING," 29 Mar. 2019 The Bra Recyclers gives gently used bras to women in need. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "9 New Ways to Donate Your Clothes," 27 Feb. 2019 Both McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 class of astronauts, which consisted of four men and four women. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Two Astronauts Will Conduct First All-Woman Spacewalk," 6 Mar. 2019 The cast will develop relationships with four Japanese men and women that come from various backgrounds and cultures. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Designer Bobby Berk And The Queer Eye Guys Are Filming In Japan," 24 Jan. 2019 Unlike the wealthy white women at the forefront of the alleged college cheating scandal, these mothers had few resources and little power to navigate an educational system structured without their children’s best interests in mind. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 2019 Later this year, Pomellato will launch the Pomellato Sisterhood Initiative, with programs that will benefit women. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Jane Fonda Speaks Out About Female Empowerment on International Women's Day," 8 Mar. 2019 Both women star in the new series, The Kominsky Method, which has already garnered two Golden Globe awards since Netflix released it in 2018. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Is Bringing Back a Major Guest Star Who's Going to Clash With Mike," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of woman

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for woman

Middle English, from Old English wīfman, from wīf woman, wife + man human being, man

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The first known use of woman was before the 12th century

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woman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of woman

: an adult female human being
: a woman who has a specified job or position
: all women thought of as a group

woman

noun
wom·​an | \ ˈwu̇-mən How to pronounce woman (audio) \
plural women\ ˈwi-​mən \

Kids Definition of woman

1 : an adult female person
2 : women considered as a group

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