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1. A woman who is a leader in national or international affairs: "In foreign policy, [she] relishes her role as a senior stateswoman of the West" (Boston Globe).
2. A woman political leader regarded as a disinterested promoter of the public good.
3. A woman who is a respected leader in a given field.
n., pl. -wom•en.
a woman who is an experienced and influential political leader, esp. one holding a high office in government.
usage: See -woman.