Definition of woman
1a : an adult female personb : 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
womanlessplay \ˈwu̇-mən-ləs, especially Southern ˈwō- or ˈwə-\ adjective
Examples of woman in a Sentence
She was a shy and awkward girl who grew up to become a confident and beautiful woman.
She is a grown woman.
The store sells shoes for both men and women.
Do they have a cleaning woman?
Recent Examples of woman from the Web
The campus bustled with outsiders, as the orphans called them — women from the Red Cross sitting at long tables making bandages.
The percentage of women who perform in them remains staggeringly low, with female artists making up only about 12 percent of all festival acts in 2016.
Under this measure, standard care for women will further suffer.
Both women got off at the Teake Lane stop near the Perrywood Garden apartment community.
Saudi Arabia has some of the world's strictest laws for women.
In addition, women’s player Ella Hellessey hails from Australia.
Just 35 percent of men hold a favorable view of her, compared to 43 percent of women.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Factual accuracy.
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Origin and Etymology of woman
Middle English, from Old English wīfman, from wīf woman, wife + man human being, man
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
WOMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of woman for English Language Learners
: an adult female human being
: a woman who has a specified job or position
: all women thought of as a group
WOMAN Defined for Kids
Definition of woman for Students
1 : an adult female person
2 : women considered as a group
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