- The definition of a woman is an adult female human.
An example of a woman is Michelle Obama.
- the female human being
- women collectively
- an adult female human being
- a female servant
- Dialectal a wife
- a sweetheart or a mistress
- womanly qualities or characteristics; femininity: the woman in her
Origin of womanMiddle English wumman ; from Old English wimmann ; from wifmann ; from wif, female, wife + mann, human being, man: rounding of vowel due to influenced, influence of the initial w-
- of or characteristic of a woman or women; feminine
- female: a woman scientist
the little woman
the other woman
- An adult female human.
- 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).
- An adult female human belonging to a specified occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination: an Englishwoman; congresswoman; a saleswoman.
- A female servant or subordinate.
- Informal a. A wife.
Origin of womanMiddle English, from Old English wimman, variant of wīfman : wīf, woman + man, person; see man.
(third-person singular simple present womans, present participle womaning, simple past and past participle womaned)
From Middle English woman, wimman, wifman, from Old English wÄ«fmann (â€œwoman, female servantâ€, literally â€œfemale person, female human beingâ€), equivalent to wife +â€Ž man. Compare Dutch vrouwmens (â€œwifeâ€, literally â€œwoman-personâ€). Compare also West Frisian frommes (â€œwoman, girlâ€)(from frou and minske, literally "woman human-being"), Dutch vrouwspersoon (â€œwomanâ€), German Weibsperson (â€œfemale personâ€), and dialectal German Fraumensch ("woman", literally "woman human-being").
- To include men and women, either the suffix -person is used, or a gender-inclusive synonym, for example police officer instead of policeman.
From the noun woman.