s/he

[shee-er-hee, shee-hee]

pronoun

she or he: used as an orthographic device to avoid he when the sex of the antecedent is unknown or irrelevant.

Compare she/he.

Usage note

See he1.
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Word Origin and History for s/he
pron.

artificial genderless pronoun, attested from 1977; from he + she.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper