from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman of Irish birth or ancestry.

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  • n. A woman from Ireland

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman of Ireland or of the Irish race.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman who is a native or inhabitant of Ireland


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  • And, in his file, there is a letter from an "Irishwoman" - anonymous - no name - and here is the letter she wrote to the prison in

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  • A similar pattern of mixing and outrage in Philadelphia caused one missionary to complain of how common it was for an Irishwoman to be “living with some dirty Negro.”

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  • A plaid shawl borrowed from the washerwoman, a ragged scrubbing skirt borrowed from the charwoman, and a gray wig rented from a costumer for twenty-five cents a night, completed the outfit; for Edna had elected to be an old Irishwoman singing broken-heartedly after her wandering boy.

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  • Earlier in the chapter, she used “Gods” as an interjection where a typical Irishwoman (particularly a Christian) would use “God.”

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  • Mr. Friel's masterly play, in which three related monologues are woven around one another like strands of ivy, tells the story of an Irishwoman Ms. Kirby who has been blind since childhood and whose sight is miraculously restored by surgery in middle age.

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  • His Dutch father was a kind, pragmatic, small town Iowa physician, and his mother a fiery Irishwoman.

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  • The impulse for this catastrophic military adventure is traced by some to his 1853 trip to Europe, during which time he was deeply impressed by two things in particular: the imperial grandeur of the French Empire, and a beautiful Irishwoman named Ella Lynch.

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  • Recall, for instance, the case of Anne Mary Murphy, the pregnant Irishwoman who, in 1986, planned to fly on El Al from London to Tel Aviv, thinking she was to meet her fiancé's Palestinian parents.

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  • In sharing languages, the speaker and the Irishwoman have also shared their local myths, which relate to the snatching of children, and are therefore linked to cholera.

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