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.
Famous quotes containing the word woman:
“Eighteen convicts being hanged in one day ... a woman was crying an account of their execution. A gentleman asked her why she said nineteen, when there had been but eighteen hanged? She replied, Sir, I did not know you had been reprieved.”
—Horace Walpole (17171797)
“A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.”
—Enid Bagnold (18891981)
“When a woman drinks its as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. Its a slur on the divine in our nature.”
—Marguerite Duras (b. 1914)