When a little girl grows up, she becomes a woman, otherwise known as an adult female.

When you're talking about a woman, you're talking about a girl who's all grown up. Just as man sometimes refers to all people or all men, woman can refer to all women, as in "What's next for today's woman?" You could say you're "hiring a woman" (meaning a cleaning woman), and sometimes a man will talk about "his woman" (meaning his wife) — but most women would agree that those terms are kind of outdated and offensive.

Definitions of woman

n an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

“the woman kept house while the man hunted”
adult female
adult male, man
an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
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(Old Testament) Adam's wife in Judeo-Christian mythology: the first woman and mother of the human race; God created Eve from Adam's rib and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
(Greek mythology) a maiden seduced by Zeus; when Hera was about to discover them together Zeus turned her into a white heifer
Jewish heroine in one of the books of the Apocrypha; she saved her people by decapitating the Assyrian general Holofernes
(Old Testament) the wife of Uriah and later the wife of king David; Solomon was her son by David (circa 10th century BC)
Eva Braun
the German mistress of Adolf Hitler (1910-1945)
Catherine of Aragon
first wife of Henry VIII; Henry VIII's divorce from her was the initial step of the Reformation in England (1485-1536)
(Old Testament) the Philistine mistress of Samson who betrayed him by cutting off his hair and so deprived him of his strength
Anne Hathaway
wife of William Shakespeare (1556-1623)
Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley
heroine of the American Revolution who carried water to soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth Court House and took over her husband's gun when he was overcome by heat (1754-1832)
(Old Testament) the second wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin
(Old Testament) wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau
the great-grandmother of king David whose story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
(Old Testament) the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac
Wallis Warfield Simpson
United States divorcee whose marriage to Edward VIII created a constitutional crisis leading to his abdication
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Black woman
a woman who is Black
white woman
a woman who is White
amazon, virago
a large, strong, and aggressive woman
(Greek mythology) a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus
bachelor girl, bachelorette
a young unmarried woman who lives alone
a worthless or immoral woman
ball-breaker, ball-buster
a demanding woman who destroys men's confidence
B-girl, bar girl
a woman employed by a bar to act as a companion to men customers
bas bleu, bluestocking
a woman having literary or intellectual interests
bridesmaid, maid of honor
an unmarried woman who attends the bride at a wedding
slang term for a woman
a spiteful woman gossip
a woman whose merits were not been recognized but who then achieves sudden success and recognition
coquette, flirt, minx, tease, vamp, vamper
a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
dame, gentlewoman, lady, ma'am, madam
a woman of refinement
deb, debutante
a young woman making her debut into society
divorcee, grass widow
a divorced woman or a woman who is separated from her husband
ex, ex-wife
a woman who was formerly a particular man's wife
a dominating woman (especially one who plays that role in a sadomasochistic sexual relationship)
an Italian woman of rank
Delilah, enchantress, femme fatale, siren, temptress
a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
a strikingly beautiful woman
geisha, geisha girl
a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancing
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman
a young woman
a friendly informal reference to a grown woman
girl, girlfriend, lady friend
a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved
any female friend
gold digger
a woman who associates with or marries a rich man in order to get valuables from him through gifts or a divorce settlement
a pregnant woman
a woman possessing heroic qualities or a woman who has performed heroic deeds
a woman with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship
a shameless impudent scheming woman
a woman who jilts a lover
a polite name for any woman
an unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman
materfamilias, matriarch
a female head of a family or tribe
a feisty older woman with a big bosom (as drawn in cartoons)
a woman in charge of nursing in a medical institution
a woman of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)
fancy woman, kept woman, mistress
an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
mother figure
a woman who evokes the feelings usually reserved for a mother
nanny, nurse, nursemaid
a woman who is the custodian of children
(obstetrics) a woman who has never give birth to a child
houri, nymph
a voluptuously beautiful young woman
a sexually attractive young woman
old woman
a woman who is old
shiksa, shikse
a derogatory term used by Jews to refer to non-Jewish women
beauty, dish, knockout, looker, lulu, mantrap, peach, ravisher, smasher, stunner, sweetheart
a very attractive or seductive looking woman
a slender graceful young woman
unmarried woman
a woman who is not married
a chaste woman
a member of the Women's Army Corps
a member of the women's reserve of the United States Navy; originally organized during World War II but now no longer a separate branch
widow, widow woman
a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried
married woman, wife
a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
wonder woman
a woman who can be a successful wife and have a professional career at the same time
babe, baby, sister
(slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
battle-ax, battle-axe
a sharp-tongued domineering wife
a Muslim woman of high rank in India or Pakistan
beldam, beldame
a woman of advanced age
a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals
a young woman indulged by rich and powerful older men
call girl
a female prostitute who can be hired by telephone
camp follower
a prostitute who provides service to military personnel
chachka, tchotchke, tchotchkeleh, tsatske, tshatshke
(Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect
an Irish girl
comfort woman, ianfu
a woman forced into prostitution for Japanese servicemen during World War II
concubine, courtesan, doxy, paramour
a woman who cohabits with an important man
crown princess
the wife of a crown prince
bird, chick, dame, doll, skirt
informal terms for a (young) woman
a woman whose sexual promiscuity places her outside respectable society
a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
dry nurse
a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant
first lady
the wife of a chief executive
a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
alliterative term for girl (or woman)
a girl of impish appeal
Gibson girl
the idealized American girl of the 1890s as pictured by C. D. Gibson
golf widow
a wife who is left alone much of the time because her husband is playing golf
grande dame
a middle-aged or elderly woman who is stylish and highly respected
an old woman
beldam, beldame, crone, hag, witch
an ugly evil-looking old woman
honest woman
a wife who has married a man with whom she has been living for some time (especially if she is pregnant at the time)
homemaker, housewife, lady of the house, woman of the house
a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
jeune fille, lass, lassie, young girl
a girl or young woman who is unmarried
title used for a married Frenchwoman
maid, maiden
an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
the wife or widow of a marquis
a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified
the wife of a mayor
May queen, queen of the May
the girl chosen queen of a May Day festival
a girl who works in a mill
missis, missus
informal term of address for someone's wife
a term of address for an elderly woman
old lady
your own wife
party girl
an attractive young woman hired to attend parties and entertain men
a beautiful and graceful girl
gravida I, primigravida
(obstetrics) a woman who is pregnant for the first time
ring girl
a young woman who holds up cards indicating the number of the next round at prize fights
(a literary reference to) a pretty young girl
gravida II, secundigravida
a woman who is pregnant for the second time
sex bomb, sex kitten, sexpot
a young woman who is thought to have sex appeal
sheika, sheikha
the wife of a sheik
shop girl
a young female shop assistant
an Italian title of address equivalent to Mrs. when used before a name
an Italian courtesy title for an unmarried woman; equivalent to `Miss', it is either used alone or before a name
a pert or flirtatious young girl
old maid, spinster
an elderly unmarried woman
sweater girl
a girl with an attractive bust who wears tight sweaters
gravida III, tertigravida
a woman who is pregnant for the third time
hoyden, romp, tomboy
a girl who behaves in a boyish manner
trophy wife
a wife who is an attractive young woman; seldom the first wife of an affluent older man
ux., uxor
(legal terminology) the Latin word for wife
valley girl
a girl who grew up in the tract housing in the San Fernando Valley
wife of a viceroy
a wife or widow of a viscount
war widow
a woman whose husband has died in war
amah, wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse
a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
working girl
a young woman who is employed
Type of:
adult, grownup
a fully developed person from maturity onward
female, female person
a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies

n women as a class

woman is the glory of creation”
fair sex, womanhood
Type of:
class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
people having the same social, economic, or educational status

n a human female employed to do housework

“I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write”
char, charwoman, cleaning lady, cleaning woman
Type of:
someone whose occupation is cleaning

n a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man

“he was faithful to his woman
a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman
Type of:
female, female person
a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies

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