What is woman?

  • (noun): An adult female person (as opposed to a man).
    Example: "The woman kept house while the man hunted"
    Synonyms: adult female
    See also — Additional definitions below

Woman

A woman (/ˈwʊmən/), pl: women (/ˈwɪmɨn/) is a female human. The term woman is usually reserved for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent. However, the term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "Women's rights". Unlike men, women are typically capable of giving birth.

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Some articles on woman:

Elizabeth Barry - Early Career
... as a popular genre." Barry was always described as being a plain woman ... Even though Barry was "the ugliest Woman" in the world off stage, wrote the anonymous A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1702), she was "the finest Woman in the World ...
Quantifier Shift - Examples
... Every person has a woman that is their mother ... Therefore, there is a woman that is the mother of every person ... It is fallacious to conclude that there is one woman who is the mother of all people ...
Erathipa
... side from which the souls of the children imprisoned in it watch for a woman to pass by so that they may be reborn in her ... crying "Don't come to me, I am an old woman!" The idea implicit in all these rites, is that certain stones have the power to make sterile women fruitful, either because of the ...
Woman - Education - OECD Countries - Education
... While women account for more than half of university graduates in several OECD countries, they receive only 30% of tertiary degrees granted in science and engineering fields, and women account for only 25% to 35% of researchers in most OECD countries. ...
Pudicitia - As Virtue
... The story of Lucretia shows that the more virtuous a woman was, the more appealing she was to potential adulterers ... The way a man or woman presented him or herself in public, and the persons they interacted with caused others to pass judgment on their pudicitia ... For example, if a woman was seen associating with men other than her husband people would make a negative judgment on her pudicitia ...

More definitions of "woman":

  • (noun): Women as a class.
    Example: "Woman is the glory of creation"
    Synonyms: womanhood
  • (noun): A female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man.
    Example: "He was faithful to his woman"

Famous quotes containing the word woman:

    This woman is headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self- opinionated.
    —Report by Personnel Officer at I.C.I., rejecting Mrs. Thatcher for a job in 1948.

    Is suffering so very serious? I have come to doubt it. It may be quite childish, a sort of undignified pastime—I’m referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It’s extremely painful. I agree that it’s hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain deserves no consideration at all. It’s no more worthy of respect than old age or illness.
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873–1954)

    One woman is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; another virtuous, yet I am well; but till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)