American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An adult female human.
- n. Women considered as a group; womankind: "Woman feels the invidious distinctions of sex exactly as the black man does those of color” ( Elizabeth Cady Stanton).
- n. An adult female human belonging to a specified occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination: an Englishwoman; congresswoman; a saleswoman.
- n. Feminine quality or aspect; womanliness.
- n. A female servant or subordinate.
- n. Informal A wife.
- n. Informal A female lover or sweetheart. See Usage Notes at lady, man, person.
- idiom. (one's) own woman Independent in judgment or action: She has always been her own woman.
- idiom. to a woman Without exception.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, the side of a British penny on which was the figure of Britannia, the other having the king's head: as “man or woman?”—that is, heads or tails?
- n. An adult female of the human race; figuratively, the female sex; human females collectively. See lady, 5.
- n. The qualities which characterize womanhood; tenderness; gentleness; also, when used of a man, effeminacy; weakness.
- n. A female attendant on a person of rank (used in such a connection as to show the special sense intended).
- n. A woman experienced in the ways of the world; a woman engrossed in society or fashionable life.
- To act the part of a woman: with an indefinite it.
- To cause to act like a woman; subdue to weakness like a woman.
- To unite to, or accompany by, a woman.
- To call (a person) “woman” in an abusive way.
- n. An adult female human.
- n. A wife (sometimes a fiance or girlfriend)
- v. To man with female labor.
- v. transitive To make effeminate or womanish.
- v. transitive To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person.
- n. The female part of the human race; womankind.
- n. A female attendant or servant.
- v. To act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite
- v. rare To make effeminate or womanish.
- v. rare To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.
- n. a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man
- n. a human female employed to do housework
- n. an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
- n. women as a class
- From Middle English woman, wimman, wifman, from Old English wīfmann ("woman, female servant", literally "female person, female human being"), equivalent to wife + man. Compare Dutch vrouwmens ("wife", literally "woman-person"). Compare also Dutch vrouwspersoon ("woman"), German Weibsperson ("female person"), and dialectal German Fraumensch ("woman", literally "woman human-being"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English wimman, variant of wīfman : wīf, woman; + man, person; see man. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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