Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An adult female human.
  • n. A wife (sometimes a fiance or girlfriend)
  • v. To man with female labor.
  • v. To make effeminate or womanish.
  • v. To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it.
  • transitive v. To make effeminate or womanish.
  • transitive v. To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wimman, variant of wīfman : wīf, woman; + man, person; see man.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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