Meaning of “woman” in the English Dictionary

"woman" in British English

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uk /ˈwʊm.ən/ us /ˈwʊm.ən/ plural women uk /ˈwɪmɪn/ us

A1 [ C ] an adult female human 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 female sexual partner:

Apparently, Jeff has a new woman.

[ U ] women in general:

He is writing a book on the representation of woman in medieval art.

More examples

  • A woman with a clipboard stopped us in the street to ask us some questions.
  • Her new film deals with the relationship between a woman and her sick daughter.
  • It is an illness which afflicts women more than men.
  • In the 1920s, short hair for women became the vogue.
  • The painter has managed to capture every nuance of the woman's expression.


uk / -wʊm.ən/ us / -wʊm.ən/

used to form nouns describing certain types of women or women with certain jobs:

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

"woman" in American English

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womannoun [ C ]

us /ˈwʊm·ən/ /ˈwʌm-/ plural women /ˈwɪm·ən/

an adult female human being:

Our chief of police is a woman, and our mayor is a woman, too.
She is an active, elderly woman.
More men than women suffer from high blood pressure.

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