Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Lawful issue born in wedlock, in distinction from an elder brother born of the same parents before their marriage.
  • n. A woman; a wife or mother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman.
  • n.
  • n. Lawful issue born in wedlock, in distinction from an elder brother born of the same parents before their marriage; a lawful son.
  • n. A woman; a wife; a mother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a woman; a wife.
  • n. A legitimate son, in contradistinction to one born out of wedlock

Etymologies

Latin mulier ("woman"), from mollior ("softer, weaker"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And there tended to be a similar sort of distinction — though perhaps less starkly delineated — between 3rd-dec. mulier, mulieris (“adult female human”) and 1st-dec. femina, feminae (“a lovely, curvy, nurturing, MILF-y Real Woman”).

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  • Magdalae sidus, mulier beata, te pio cultu veneramur omnes, quam sibi Christus sociavit arcti fœdere-amoris.

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  • Signum magnum apparuit in coelo: mulier amicta sole, et luna sub pedibus ejus, et in capite ejus corona stellarum duodecim.

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  • Yet, as some will, it is much more tolerable for an old man to marry a young woman (our ladies 'match they call it) for cras erit mulier, as he said in Tully.

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  • To what end are all those astrological questions, an sit virgo, an sit casta, an sit mulier? and such strange absurd trials in

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  • Porta, &c., plura invenies, et multo his absurdiora, uti et in Rhasi, ne mulier virum admittat, et maritum solum diligat, &c. But these are most part

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  • But this nuptial love is a common passion, an honest, for men to love in the way of marriage; ut materia appetit formam, sic mulier virum.

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  • Pinaeus of Paris, Albertus Magnus de secret.mulier. cap.

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  • Cum inter concionandum mulier dormiens e subsellio caderet, et omnes reliqui qui id viderent, riderent, tribus post diebus, &c.

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  • Non est formosa mulier cujus crus laudatur et brachium, sed illa cujus simul universa facies admirationem singulis partibus dedit; she is no fair woman, whose arm, thigh, &c. are commended, except the face and all the other parts be correspondent.

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