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wom·an  (wmn)
n. pl. wom·en (wmn)
1. An adult female human.
2. 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).
3. An adult female human belonging to a specified occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination: an Englishwoman; congresswoman; a saleswoman.
4. Feminine quality or aspect; womanliness.
5. A female servant or subordinate.
6. Informal
a. A wife.
b. A female lover or sweetheart. See Usage Notes at lady, man, person.
Idioms:
(ones) own woman
Independent in judgment or action: She has always been her own woman.
to a woman
Without exception.

[Middle English, from Old English wimman, variant of wfman : wf, woman; see ghwbh- in Indo-European roots + man, person; see man.]

woman·less adj.


woman  /wmn/  n. women /wmn/ a mature female human: A girl grows up to be a woman. -adj. womanish; womanly. woman

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