- plural of woman.
- the female human being, as distinguished from a girl or a man.
- an adult female person.
- a female attendant to a lady of rank.
- a wife.
- the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness.
- a sweetheart or paramour; mistress.
- a female employee or representative: A woman from the real estate agency called.
- a female person who cleans house, cooks, etc.; housekeeper: The woman will be in to clean today.
- women collectively: Woman is no longer subordinate to man.
- to put into the company of a woman.
- to equip or staff with women.
- Obsolete. to cause to act or yield like a woman.
- of women; womanly.
- female: a woman plumber.
- be one's own woman, (of females) to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent.
Origin of woman
- 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.
Examples from the Web for women
In 2009, a Pakistani Christian woman got into a religious argument with some Muslim women with whom she was harvesting berries.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
Even internally in the House, women are not getting their fair shake.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Isolated lesbians learned that there were other women like them via books whose covers aimed to titillate heterosexual men.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Even the hot Jewish women I mentioned above did something a bit more “intellectual” than pageantry: acting.
It marked a groundbreaking moment in how the country viewed Jews, especially Jewish women.
Not only millionaires; but also painters and novelists and men and women of varied distinction.
I am bound to him by ties stronger than usually bind the hearts of women.
Her house is the only one in all Greece where women are allowed to be present at entertainments.
That matron, like most Grecian women, was ignorant of her own written language.
You may have noticed that night at the Oldakers'—well, women, Mr. Bines, are uncertain.
- the plural of woman
- an adult female human being
- (modifier) female or femininea woman politician; woman talk
- women collectively; womankind
- the woman feminine nature or feelingsbabies bring out the woman in her
- a female servant or domestic help
- a man considered as having supposed female characteristics, such as meekness or timidity
- informal a wife, mistress, or girlfriend
- the little woman informal one's wife
- woman of the streets a prostitute
- rare to provide with women
- obsolete to make effeminate
Word Origin and History for women
plural of woman (q.v.).
late Old English wimman (plural wimmen), literally "woman-man," alteration of wifman (plural wifmen), a compound of wif "woman" (see wife) + man "human being" (in Old English used in reference to both sexes; see man (n.)). Cf. Dutch vrouwmens "wife," literally "woman-man."
The formation is peculiar to English and Dutch. Replaced older Old English wif and quean as the word for "female human being." The pronunciation of the singular altered in Middle English by the rounding influence of -w-; the plural retains the original vowel. Meaning "wife," now largely restricted to U.S. dialectal use, is attested from mid-15c. Women's liberation is attested from 1966; women's rights is from 1840, with an isolated example in 1630s.
Idioms and Phrases with women
see feel like oneself (new woman); marked man (woman); (woman) of few words; own person (woman); right-hand man (woman); scarlet woman.