American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman who is active in sports.
- n. A woman whose conduct and attitude exhibit sportsmanship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who engages in or is interested in field-sports.
- n. someone who engages in sports
- sports + -woman. (Wiktionary)
“In fact, Badminton is the only place where I am known as a sportswoman instead of ‘That woman who is dying.’”
“The sportswoman is a power forward and plays part of the year for the US team Tulsa Shock based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and also turns out for Melbourne's Bulleen Boomers.”
“Jennifer Capriati would probably feel the same, since it was the tennis tournament in Barcelona that allowed her to demonstrate what the Olympics can do even for a sportswoman already wealthy beyond dreams.”
“In the short time I was allowed to appreciate your work here I found you to be a talented writer, a sportswoman of integrity and a person who deeply cares for the audience you serve, both men and women.”
“A keen sportswoman in her youth, Wright resolved to target the London Paralympics a few months after having a child, Oscar.”
“What players call the Kournikova factor – sex object over sportswoman – is at least as hard to handle in women's football as in tennis, especially since in football the alternative is often to assume all players must be honorary blokes.”
“The teenager, whose lawyer described her as a "talented sportswoman", boasted that she was having "the best day ever", the court heard.”
“There was something beautiful and frightening about the way that she unwrapped her whole body into the serve; she was at one with the racket; a sportswoman personified.”
“Ann Bonfoey Taylor was a gifted sportswoman and had a discriminating eye when it came to fashion.”
“A host of high-profile awards confirmed her standing, from the Sunday Times sportswoman of the year gong to the prestigious Pat Marshall award from the Rugby Union Writers' Club, who chose Alphonsi over the New Zealand men's captain, Richie McCaw, the first time in its 50-year history that the award was presented to a woman.”
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