She grew up to become a confident and beautiful woman.
She is a grown woman.
The store sells shoes for both men and women.
Recent Examples on the WebThe war, now in its sixth week, was triggered by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack in southern Israel, in which the militants killed more than 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and abducted some 240 men, women and children.—Wafaa Shurafa, arkansasonline.com, 18 Nov. 2023 In one of seven videos, which were obtained and reviewed by Fox News Digital via a public records request, Harp curses out a woman.—Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 18 Nov. 2023 There in the bushes, where the man had just been, was the body of a young woman.—Natalie Morales, CBS News, 18 Nov. 2023 In 2017, directly after the events of Warner Bros. 2014 Godzilla reboot, a young woman named Cate (Anna Sawai) comes to Japan to settle her renowned father Hiroshi’s (Takehiro Hira) affairs, but stumbles into a disturbing truth.—Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2023 The group comprised nine women and five men, not nine men and five women.—Rebeccah Glaser, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 And certainly, the number of women and younger writers of color who stepped up to serve did not go unnoticed by guild leadership.—Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 18 Nov. 2023 Israel-Gaza war Hostages: A tentative deal being considered could release at least 50 women and children being held by Hamas.—William Booth, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2023 The event’s hype woman had been stern about being quiet once the cameras started rolling.—Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English wīfman, from wīf woman, wife + man human being, man
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
The first known use of woman was
before the 12th century