woman

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noun wom·an \ˈwu̇-mən, especially Southern ˈwō- or ˈwə-\

Definition of woman

plural

women

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  1. 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. 2 :  womankind

  3. 3 :  distinctively feminine nature :  womanliness

  4. 4 :  a woman who is a servant or personal attendant

  5. 5a chiefly dialectal :  wifeb :  mistressc :  girlfriend 2

woman

adjective

womanless

play \ˈwu̇-mən-ləs, especially Southern ˈwō- or ˈwə-\ adjective

Examples of woman in a Sentence

  1. She was a shy and awkward girl who grew up to become a confident and beautiful woman.

  2. She is a grown woman.

  3. The store sells shoes for both men and women.

  4. Do they have a cleaning woman?

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Origin and Etymology of woman

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


WOMAN Defined for English Language Learners

woman

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noun

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

woman

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noun wom·an \ˈwu̇-mən\

Definition of woman for Students

plural

women

\ˈwi-mən\
  1. 1 :  an adult female person

  2. 2 :  women considered as a group



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