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womannoun

uk   /ˈwʊm.ən/  us   /ˈwʊm.ən/ (plural women uk   /ˈwɪmɪn/ us   )
A1 [C] an ​adultfemalehuman being: She's a really ​nice woman. A woman and two men were ​arrested the ​day after the ​explosion. Women first got the ​vote in ​Britain in 1918. She is Ireland's first woman (= ​female)president.
[C] informal a ​wife or ​femalesexualpartner: Apparently, Jeff has a new woman.
[U] women in ​general: He is writing a ​book on the ​representation of woman in ​medievalart.

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-womansuffix

uk   / -wʊm.ən/  us   / -wʊm.ən/
used to ​formnounsdescribingcertaintypes of women or women with ​certainjobs: an ​Englishwoman/​Frenchwoman a ​chairwoman
(Definition of woman from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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womannoun [C]

 us   /ˈwʊm·ən/  /ˈwʌm-/ (plural women  /ˈwɪm·ən/ )
an ​adultfemalehuman being: Our ​chief of ​police is a woman, and ​ourmayor is a woman, too. She is an ​active, ​elderly woman. More men than women ​suffer from high ​bloodpressure.
(Definition of woman from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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