Other forms: women

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a man will talk about "his woman" (meaning his wife) — but most women would agree that those terms are kind of outdated and offensive.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
  1. noun
    an adult female person
    synonyms: adult female
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    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
    (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
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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 flirts, often for personal gain
    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 woman with whom one 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 or school
    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 person 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 partner in marriage
    wonder woman
    a woman who can be a successful wife and have a professional career at the same time
    a dignified older woman, especially one who has high status or wealth
    a woman who is the most experienced, skilled, or respected person in some field
    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 fashionable girl who grew up 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
  2. noun
    women as a class
    synonyms: fair sex, womanhood
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    type of:
    class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
    people having the same social, economic, or educational status
  3. noun
    a human female employed to do housework
    “I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write”
    synonyms: char, charwoman, cleaning lady, cleaning woman
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    type of:
    someone whose occupation is cleaning
  4. noun
    a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man
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    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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