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[tounz-woo m-uh n] /ˈtaʊnzˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural townswomen.
a female native or inhabitant of a town.
a female native or inhabitant of one's own or the same town.
Origin of townswoman
First recorded in 1675-85; town + 's1 + woman
Usage note
See -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her mother had been a townswoman; and the girl had been born and bred amongst them.

    True Stories of Girl Heroines Evelyn Everett-Green
  • Then the townswoman's self-satisfied arrogance came to the surface.

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
  • Did you at that time know of his relation to your townswoman, Mrs. Clemmens?

    Hand and Ring

    Anna Katharine Green
  • Rouvke, in his heart, addressed to his townswoman, on emerging from the pitchy darkness of the little bedroom.

    The Imported Bridegroom Abraham Cahan
  • "That lass o' Lowrie's has made a bad bargain, i' takin' up wi' that wench," said a townswoman to Grace.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • We are thankful to see the recognition accorded to the worth of our townswoman.

  • All this Charlotte Bronte's townswoman told simply and garrulously, but she told it well because she had felt and seen.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward

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