[ 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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[ woo m-uh n ]
/ ˈwʊm ən /
noun, plural wom·en [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/.
the female human being, as distinguished from a girl or a man.
an adult female person.
a female attendant to a lady of rank.
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
Origin of woman
synonym study for woman
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 for woman
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM womanwom·an·less, adjectivean·ti·wom·an, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH womanlady woman (see synonym study at the current entry) (see usage note at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for women's
/ (ˈwʊmən) /
noun plural women (ˈwɪmɪn)
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
Other words from womanRelated prefixes: gyno-, gynaeco-
Derived forms of womanwomanless, adjectivewoman-like, adjective
Word Origin for woman
Old English wīfmann, wimman; from wife + man (human being)
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Idioms and Phrases with women's
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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