woman

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 /ˈwɪmɪn/


For the noun: woman
Plural form: women

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wom•an /ˈwʊmən/USA pronunciation   n., pl. wom•en 
    /ˈwɪmɪn/USA pronunciation  .
  1. Sex and Gender[countable] an adult female person.
  2. [countable] a female servant or attendant.
  3. [uncountable] women thought of as a group;
    womankind.
  4. [uncountable]feminine nature, characteristics, or feelings.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. female:a woman plumber; a woman astronaut.

-woman, suffix. 
  • Pronouns-woman is used to form nouns with the meaning "involving a woman;
    a woman in the role of:''chairwoman; spokeswoman.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
    wom•an  (wŏŏmən), 
    n., pl. wom•en 
      (wimin), 
      v., adj. 

      n. 
      1. Sex and Genderthe female human being (distinguished from man).
      2. Sex and Genderan adult female person.
      3. a female attendant to a lady of rank.
      4. a wife.
      5. the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women;
        womanliness.
      6. Sex and Gendera sweetheart or paramour;
        mistress.
      7. a female employee or representative:A woman from the real estate agency called.
      8. Sex and Gendera female person who cleans house, cooks, etc.; housekeeper:The woman will be in to clean today.
      9. women collectively:Woman is no longer subordinate to man.
      10. be one's own woman, (of females) to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent.

      v.t. 
      1. to put into the company of a woman.
      2. to equip or staff with women.
      3. [Obs.]to cause to act or yield like a woman.

      adj. 
      1. of women;
        womanly.
      2. female:a woman plumber.
      Etymology:bef. 900;
      Middle English womman, wimman, Old English wīfman, equivalent. to wīf female + man human being;
      see wife, man1
      woman•less, adj. 
      Woman, female, lady are nouns referring to adult human beings who are biologically female;
      that is, capable of bearing offspring. Woman is the general term. It is neutral, lacking either favorable or unfavorable implication, and is the most commonly used of the three:a wealthy woman; a woman of strong character, of unbridled appetites.In scientific, statistical, and other objective use, female is the neutral contrastive term to male and may apply to plants and animals also:104 females to every 100 males; Among lions, the female is the chief hunter.Female is sometimes used in disparaging contexts:a gossipy female; a conniving female.Lady meaning "refined, polite woman'' is a term of approval or praise:a real lady in all things; to behave like a lady.
      2 . 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 feminine parallel to man. As a modifier of a plural noun, woman, like man, is exceptional in that the plural form women is used:women athletes; women students.The use of lady as a term of courtesy has diminished somewhat in recent years (the lady of the house), 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, -woman. 

    -woman, 
  • Pronounsa combining form of woman:  chairwoman;
    forewoman;
    spokeswoman.
  • Feminine compounds ending in -woman are equivalent to the masculine compounds in -man. When the person referred to is a woman, the feminine form is often, but not always, used:alderman, alderwoman; assemblyman, assemblywoman;
    chairman, chairwoman;
    congressman, congresswoman;
    spokesman, spokeswoman;
    businessman, businesswoman.
    However, some forms ending in -man are applied to women, and occasionally terms in -man are specified by legal code:Alderman Dorothy Lavelle.In general, the practice in current 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. Instead, a sex-neutral term is used:council membersrather than councilmen and councilwomen;
    representative
    or legislator rather than congressman or congresswoman. See also chairperson, -man, -person. 


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    woman /ˈwʊmən/ n ( pl women /ˈwɪmɪn/)
    1. an adult female human being
    2. (modifier) female or feminine: a woman politician, woman talk
    3. women collectively; womankind
    4. the womanfeminine nature or feelings: babies bring out the woman in her
    5. a female servant or domestic help
    6. a man considered as having supposed female characteristics, such as meekness or timidity
    7. informal a wife, mistress, or girlfriend
    8. the little womaninformal one's wife
    9. woman of the streetsa prostitute
    vb (transitive)
    1. obsolete to make effeminate
    Etymology: Old English wīfmann, wimman; from wife + man (human being)

    ˈwomanless adj ˈwoman-ˌlike adj



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