noun, plural wom·en [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/.
verb (used with object)
Origin of woman
noun, plural wom·en's.
Related Words for womengirl, wife, daughter, mother, she, matron, grandmother, girlfriend, spouse, aunt, niece, gentlewoman
Examples from the Web for women
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of women
Not only millionaires; but also painters and novelists and men and women of varied distinction.
Her house is the only one in all Greece where women are allowed to be present at entertainments.
I am bound to him by ties stronger than usually bind the hearts of women.
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.
noun plural women (ˈwɪmɪn)
Word Origin for woman
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.
see feel like oneself (new woman); marked man (woman); (woman) of few words; own person (woman); right-hand man (woman); scarlet woman.