Definitions

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

  • n. A woman who is a leader in national or international affairs: "In foreign policy, [she] relishes her role as a senior stateswoman of the West” ( Boston Globe).
  • n. A woman political leader regarded as a disinterested promoter of the public good.
  • n. A woman who is a respected leader in a given field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman who is a leader in national or international affairs.
  • n. A female political leader who promotes the public good or who is recognized for probity, leadership, or the qualities necessary to govern a state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman concerned in public affairs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who is versed in or meddles with public affairs, or who gives evidence of political shrewdness or ability.

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

  • n. a woman statesman

Etymologies

state's +‎ woman (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Would someone care to render the parts of this word into Old and Middle English, end elaborate on the etymologies, just for fun? No?, me neither.

    March 21, 2011