woman: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (woom'un), [key]
— n., pl. v., adj. wom•en
  1. the female human being (distinguished from man).
  2. an adult female person.
  3. a female attendant to a lady of rank.
  4. a wife.
  5. the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness.
  6. a sweetheart or paramour; mistress.
  7. a female employee or representative: A woman from the real estate agency called.
  8. a female person who cleans house, cooks, etc.; housekeeper: The woman will be in to clean today.
  9. women collectively: Woman is no longer subordinate to man.
  10. (of females) to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent.
  1. to put into the company of a woman.
  2. to equip or staff with women.
  3. to cause to act or yield like a woman.
  1. of women; womanly.
  2. female: a woman plumber.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form ofchairwoman; forewoman; spokeswoman.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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