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[tounz-woo m-uh n]
noun, plural towns·wom·en.
  1. a female native or inhabitant of a town.
  2. a female native or inhabitant of one's own or the same town.
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Origin of townswoman

First recorded in 1675–85; town + 's1 + woman

Usage note

See -woman.
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Examples from the Web for townswoman

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • "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