Definitions for womanˈwʊm ən; ˈwɪm ɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wom•an*ˈwʊm ən; ˈwɪm ɪn(n.; adj.)(pl.)wom•en

  1. (n.)an adult female person, as distinguished from a girl or a man.

    Category: Sexuality

  2. a wife.

  3. a female lover or sweetheart.

    Category: Sexuality

  4. a female servant or attendant.

  5. women collectively; womankind.

  6. the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness.

  7. (adj.)female:

    a woman plumber.


* Syn: woman, female, lady are nouns referring to adult human beings who are biologically female, that is, capable of bearing offspring. woman is the general, neutral term: a wealthy woman. In scientific, statistical, and other objective use female is the neutral contrastive term to male : 104 females to every 100 males.female is sometimes used disparagingly: a gossipy female. lady in the sense “polite, refined woman” is a term of approval: We know you will always behave like a lady.Usage: Although formerly woman was sometimes regarded as demeaning and lady was the term of courtesy, woman is the designation preferred by most modern female adults: League of Women Voters; American Association of University Women.woman is the standard parallel to man . When modifying a plural noun, woman , like man , becomes plural: women athletes; women students. The use of lady as a term of courtesy has diminished somewhat in recent years, although it still survives in a few set phrases (ladies' room; Ladies' Day). lady is also used, but decreasingly, as a term of reference for women engaged in occupations considered by some to be menial or routine: cleaning lady; saleslady. See also girl, lady.

Origin of woman:

bef. 900; ME womman, wimman, OE wīfman=wīf female +man human being; see wife , man



  1. a combining form of woman :

    chairwoman; forewoman; spokeswoman.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix, Usage Note

* Usage: Compounds ending in -woman commonly correspond to the masculine compounds in -man : councilman, councilwoman; congressman, congresswoman. The current practice, esp. in edited written English, is to avoid the -man form in reference to a woman or the plural -men when members of both sexes are involved. Often, a sex-neutral term is used; for example, council member rather than either councilman or councilwoman; representatives or legislators rather than congressmen. See also -man, -person.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. woman, adult female(noun)

    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

    "the woman kept house while the man hunted"

  2. woman(noun)

    a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man

    "he was faithful to his woman"

  3. charwoman, char, cleaning woman, cleaning lady, woman(noun)

    a human female employed to do housework

    "the char will clean the carpet"; "I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write"

  4. womanhood, woman, fair sex(noun)

    women as a class

    "it's an insult to American womanhood"; "woman is the glory of creation"; "the fair sex gathered on the veranda"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. woman(noun)ˈwʊm ən

    a grown female

    At sixteen she's really a young woman.; Not all women like cooking, you know.


  1. woman(Noun)

    An adult female human.

  2. woman(Noun)

    A wife (sometimes a fiance or girlfriend)

  3. woman(Verb)

    To man with female labor.

  4. woman(Verb)

    To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.

    To have him see me woman'd. uE0009427uE001 Shakespeare.

  5. Origin: From woman, wimman, wifman, from wifmann, equivalent to . Compare vrouwmens. Compare also vrouwspersoon, Weibsperson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Woman(noun)

    an adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person

  2. Woman(noun)

    the female part of the human race; womankind

  3. Woman(noun)

    a female attendant or servant

  4. Woman(verb)

    to act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it

  5. Woman(verb)

    to make effeminate or womanish

  6. Woman(verb)

    to furnish with, or unite to, a woman


  1. Woman

    A woman, pl: women is a female human. The term woman is usually reserved for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent. However, the term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "Women's rights". Women are typically capable of giving birth, though older women who have gone through menopause and some intersex women cannot.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. woman

    1. The First Cause. 2. A being created for the purpose of voting. 3. Any one with an allowance that is occasionally paid, but which can't be collected. 4. A pet, a plaything, a scullion, a thing to die for, or a thing to kill. 5. A being to get rid of or to secure--to run away from, or with, as the case may be. 6. Among the Ancients, a slave, a chattel; among the Moderns, a financial swashbuckler. Synonyms: sphinx, devil, angel, liar, spendthrift.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. WOMAN

    An aspiring creature whose political sphere is still slightly flattened at the polls.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'woman' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #387

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'woman' in Written Corpus Frequency: #614

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'woman' in Nouns Frequency: #13

Translations for woman

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an adult human female

His sisters are both grown women now; (also adjective) a woman doctor; women doctors.

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