Meaning of “she” in the English Dictionary

"she" in British English

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shepronoun

uk strong /ʃiː/ weak /ʃi/ us strong /ʃiː/ weak /ʃi/

A1 used as the subject of a verb to refer to a woman, girl, or female animal that has already been mentioned:

I asked my mother if she'd lend me some money, but she said no.

old-fashioned used instead of "it" to refer to a country, ship, or vehicle:

After India became independent, she chose to be a member of the Commonwealth.
Look at my new car - isn't she beautiful?

More examples

  • She was the blond woman in the red dress.
  • If I tell Marie she might tell Jane.
  • When my mum comes to see us she always brings a cake.
  • She's not as fat as her sister.
  • She's so clever.

shenoun [ C ]

uk strong /ʃiː/ weak /ʃi/ us strong /ʃiː/ weak /ʃi/
she-
prefix uk /ʃiː-/ us /ʃiː-/

a she-wolf (= a female wolf)

(Definition of “she” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"she" in American English

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shepronoun

us /ʃi/ female

the female being spoken about, who has already been mentioned:

I asked Barb if she’d lend me some money, but she said no.
She’s such a cute dog!

She is sometimes used instead of "it" to refer to something, such as a country, vehicle, or ship, that has already been mentioned:

Look at my new car – isn’t she a beauty?
she
noun [ C ] us /ʃi/

female

The kitten is a she, not a he.

(Definition of “she” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)