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she

[shee]
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pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
  1. the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
  2. the woman: She who listens learns.
  3. anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine: spring, with all the memories she conjures up.
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noun, plural shes.
  1. a female person or animal.
  2. an object or device considered as female or feminine.
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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]
pronoun
  1. she or he: used as an orthographic device to avoid he when the sex of the antecedent is unknown or irrelevant.
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Usage note

See he1.

she's

[sheez]
  1. contraction of she is.
  2. contraction of she has.
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Usage note

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British Dictionary definitions for she

she

pronoun (subjective)
  1. refers to a female person or animalshe is a doctor; she's a fine mare
  2. refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
  3. Australian and NZ an informal word for it 1 (def. 3) she's apples; she'll be right
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noun
    1. a female person or animal
    2. (in combination)she-cat
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Word Origin

Old English sīe, accusative of sēo, feminine demonstrative pronoun

xref

See me 1

she's

contraction of
  1. she is or she has
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Word Origin and History for she

pron.

mid-12c., probably evolving from Old English seo, sio (accusative sie), fem. of demonstrative pronoun se "the," from PIE root *so- "this, that" (see the). The Old English word for "she" was heo, hio, however by 13c. the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with he "he," which apparently led to the fem. demonstrative pronoun being used in place of the pronoun (cf. similar development in Dutch zij, German sie, Greek he, etc.). The original h- survives in her. A relic of the Old English pronoun is in Manchester-area dialectal oo "she." As a noun meaning "a female," she is attested from 1530s.

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s/he

pron.

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

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