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
Possible subjects include Chelsea VonChaz, a founder of Happy Period, which distributes menstrual hygiene kits to homeless women.
Veil will become the fifth woman laid to rest in the Panthéon.
A: Racism, the killing of innocent black men and women.
Neither woman has any prior criminal convictions, Roy Dominguez, their attorney, said.
During the struggle, the man took the woman’s purse.
Boise Police are asking for help in locating two suspects, a man and woman, believed to have stolen a vehicle Wednesday at a store near the intersection of Curtis Road and Fairview Avenue.
Much like the hats, the designs were a nod to the elegance of an early 20th century woman. 5)
But how many of those could hold a woman and her five children?
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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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