woman

noun
wom·​an | \ ˈwu̇-mən, especially Southern ˈwō- or ˈwə- \
plural women\ ˈwi-​mən \

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 , 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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In the end, everyone rightfully agreed that Yann's comments were, in a word, terrible, and that no woman ever should worry about haters like him. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain Lost It on Wednesday's Show," 10 Jan. 2019 There's no doubt that this forward-thinking cover will also inspire other men and women to be confident in their own skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Love Magazine's David Beckham Cover Showing Off His Green Eyeshadow Is Incredible," 9 Jan. 2019 McCarthy took this opportunity to point out the double standard between men and women on film. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Melissa McCarthy Says Someone Actually Asked About Her ‘Tremendous Size’ in an Interview," 9 Jan. 2019 Liver cancer death rates rose for both men (1.2 percent) and women (2.6 percent) between 2012 and 2016, pancreatic cancer deaths rose by 0.3 percent for men per year, and endometrial cancer deaths rose by 2.1 percent per year. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 Today’s consumers are men and women who are equally interested in participating in household decisions. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco released in 2017 showed that black men and women have higher unemployment levels and lower wages than their white counterparts. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Elizabeth Warren Called Out the "Rigged" U.S. Economic System During an HBCU Commencement Speech," 17 Dec. 2018 The women's dressing room is complete with it's own sitting room and nearly 25-foot solarium better than any rooftop bar. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This NYC Apartment Features Stunning Views Of Central Park For $39.5 Million," 30 Dec. 2018 From the wedding dress photo shoot to the final scene when Carrie returns to the closet of every woman's dream to collect her blue Manolo Blahniks, there's more than enough glamorous fashion moments to enjoy in between the tears and laughter. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 10 Best Fashion Movies That Aren't The Devil Wears Prada," 24 Dec. 2018

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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 \
plural women\ ˈwi-​mən \

Kids Definition of woman

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

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