she

[ shee ]
/ ʃi /

pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.

the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
the woman: She who listens learns.
anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine: spring, with all the memories she conjures up.

noun, plural shes.

a female person or animal.
an object or device considered as female or feminine.

Nearby words

  1. shazar,
  2. shaʿir,
  3. shcharansky,
  4. shcheglovsk,
  5. shcherbakov,
  6. she chi,
  7. she stoops to conquer,
  8. she'd,
  9. she'll,
  10. she's

Origin of she

1125–75; Middle English, alteration of Old English sēo, sīo, sīe, feminine of se the1; replacing Old English hēo, hīo, feminine personal pronoun; see he1, her

Usage note

See he1, me, they.

s/he

[ shee-er-hee, shee-hee ]
/ ˈʃi ərˈhi, ˈʃiˈhi /

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.

she's

[ sheez ]
/ ʃiz /

contraction of she is.
contraction of she has.

Usage note


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British Dictionary definitions for she

she

/ (ʃiː) /

pronoun (subjective)

refers to a female person or animalshe is a doctor; she's a fine mare
refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
Australian and NZ an informal word for it 1 (def. 3) she's apples; she'll be right

noun

  1. a female person or animal
  2. (in combination)she-cat

Word Origin for she

Old English sīe, accusative of sēo, feminine demonstrative pronoun

xref

See me 1

she's

/ (ʃiːz) /

contraction of

she is or she has
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Word Origin and History for she
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