women

[ wim-in ]
/ ˈwɪm ɪn /

noun

plural of woman.

Nearby words

  1. womanly,
  2. womanpower,
  3. womb,
  4. womb-to-tomb,
  5. wombat,
  6. women at point sur, the,
  7. women in love,
  8. women's,
  9. women's christian temperance union,
  10. women's institute

woman

[ woo m-uh n ]
/ ˈwʊm ən /

noun, plural wom·en [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/.

verb (used with object)

adjective

of women; womanly.
female: a woman plumber.

Origin of woman

before 900; Middle English womman, wimman, Old English wīfman, equivalent to wīf female + man human being; see wife, man1

Related formswom·an·less, adjectivean·ti·wom·an, adjective

Can be confusedlady woman (see synonym study at the current entry) (see usage note at the current entry)

Synonym study

Woman, female, lady are nouns referring to adult human beings who are biologically female; that is, capable of bearing offspring. Woman is the general term. It is neutral, lacking either favorable or unfavorable implication, and is the most commonly used of the three: a wealthy woman; a woman of strong character, of unbridled appetites. In scientific, statistical, and other objective use, female is the neutral contrastive term to male and may apply to plants and animals also: 104 females to every 100 males; Among lions, the female is the chief hunter. Female is sometimes used in disparaging contexts: a gossipy female; a conniving female. Lady meaning “refined, polite woman” is a term of approval or praise: a real lady in all things; to behave like a lady.

Usage note

2. Although formerly woman was sometimes regarded as demeaning and lady was the term of courtesy, woman is the designation preferred by most modern female adults: League of Women Voters; American Association of University Women. Woman is the standard feminine parallel to man. As a modifier of a plural noun, woman, like man, is exceptional in that the plural form women is used: women athletes; women students. The use of lady as a term of courtesy has diminished somewhat in recent years ( the lady of the house ), although it still survives in a few set phrases ( ladies' room; Ladies' Day ). Lady is also used, but decreasingly, as a term of reference for women engaged in occupations considered by some to be menial or routine: cleaning lady; saleslady. See also girl, lady, -woman.

women's

[ wim-inz ]
/ ˈwɪm ɪnz /

noun, plural wom·en's.

a range of sizes usually from 38 to 44 for garments that fit larger than average women.
a garment in this size range.
the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
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British Dictionary definitions for women

women

/ (ˈwɪmɪn) /

noun

the plural of woman

woman

/ (ˈwʊmən) /

noun plural women (ˈwɪmɪn)

verb (tr)

rare to provide with women
obsolete to make effeminate
Related formsRelated prefixes: gyno-, gynaeco-

Derived Formswomanless, adjectivewoman-like, adjective

Word Origin for woman

Old English wīfmann, wimman; from wife + man (human being)

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Word Origin and History for women
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with women

woman

see feel like oneself (new woman); marked man (woman); (woman) of few words; own person (woman); right-hand man (woman); scarlet woman.

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