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n., pl. wom•en (ˈwɪm ɪn)
You usually refer to an adult female person as a woman /'wʊmən/.
The plural of woman is women /'wɪmɪn/.
You can use lady as a polite way of referring to a woman, especially if the woman is present.
It is almost always better to refer to someone as an old lady or an elderly lady, rather than an 'old woman'.
If you are addressing a group of women, you call them ladies, not 'women'.
Woman is sometimes used in front of other nouns.
You use women in front of plural nouns, not 'woman'.
Normally, you just refer to a female doctor, writer etc as a doctor or a writer. Only use woman doctor, woman writer etc if it is necessary to make it clear that you are referring to a woman.
Past participle: womaned
|Noun||1.||woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"|
Black woman - a woman who is Black
white woman - a woman who is White
yellow woman - offensive term for an Asian woman
maenad - (Greek mythology) a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus
baggage - a worthless or immoral woman
broad - slang term for a woman; "a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch"
cat - a spiteful woman gossip; "what a cat she is!"
Cinderella - a woman whose merits were not been recognized but who then achieves sudden success and recognition
coquette, flirt, minx, prickteaser, vamp, vamper, tease - a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
gentlewoman, ma'am, madam, lady, dame - a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"
donna - an Italian woman of rank
enchantress, femme fatale, temptress, Delilah, siren - a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
eyeful - a strikingly beautiful woman; "she was a statuesque redheaded eyeful"
geisha, geisha girl - a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancing
girl - a friendly informal reference to a grown woman; "Mrs. Smith was just one of the girls"
lady friend, girlfriend, girl - a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved; "his girlfriend kicked him out"
girlfriend - any female friend; "Mary and her girlfriend organized the party"
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
gravida - a pregnant woman
heroine - a woman possessing heroic qualities or a woman who has performed heroic deeds
inamorata - a woman with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship
jezebel - a shameless impudent scheming woman
jilt - a woman who jilts a lover
lady - a polite name for any woman; "a nice lady at the library helped me"
maenad - an unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman
matriarch - a feisty older woman with a big bosom (as drawn in cartoons)
matron - a woman in charge of nursing in a medical institution
mestiza - a woman of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)
kept woman, mistress, fancy woman - 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
nullipara - (obstetrics) a woman who has never give birth to a child
nymphet - a sexually attractive young woman
old woman - a woman who is old
cocotte, cyprian, fancy woman, lady of pleasure, sporting lady, tart, woman of the street, working girl - a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
|2.||woman - 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"|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
man - a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman; "she takes good care of her man"
|3.||woman - a human female employed to do housework; "the char will clean the carpet"; "I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write"|
cleaner - someone whose occupation is cleaning
|4.||woman - women as a class; "it's an insult to American womanhood"; "woman is the glory of creation"; "the fair sex gathered on the veranda"|
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
womankind - women as distinguished from men
lady man, boy, guy (informal), male, lad, gentleman, bloke (Brit. informal), chap (informal), laddie
"The meaning of what it is to be a woman has never been more open-ended and therefore more filled with anxiety" [Nancy Friday What is a Real Woman?]
"Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size" [Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own]
"The individual woman is required ... a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition" [Jeannette Rankin]
"When a woman behaves like a man why doesn't she behave like a nice man?" [Edith Evans]
"The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is `What does a woman want?'" [Sigmund Freud]
"A woman can look both moral and exciting - if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle" [Edna Ferber]
"I think being a woman is like being Irish ... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same" [Iris Murdoch The Red and the Green]
"Fickle and changeable always is woman" [Virgil Aeneid]
"A man is as old as he's feeling,"
"A woman as old as she looks" [Mortimer Collins The Unknown Quantity]
"Men play the game, women know the score" [Roger Woddis]
"A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in" [Anita Brookner]
"One is not born a woman; one becomes one" [Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex]
"Woman was God's second blunder" [Friedrich Nietzsche Der Antichrist]
"Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women it is merely a good excuse not to play football" [Fran Lebowitz Metropolitan Life]
"A woman seldom writes her mind but in her postscript" [Sir Richard Steele The Spectator]
"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle" [attributed to Gloria Steinem]
"Frailty, thy name is woman!" [William Shakespeare Hamlet]
"A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can" [Jane Austen Northanger Abbey]
"A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not" [Colette]
"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult" [Charlotte Whitton]
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his" [Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Ernest]
"When women go wrong, men go right after them" [Mae West]
"Women - one half of the human race at least - care fifty times more for a marriage than a ministry" [Walter Bagehot The English Constitution]
"Women can't forgive failure" [Anton Chekhov The Seagull]
"Women are really much nicer than men: no wonder we like them" [Kingsley Amis A Bookshop Idyll]
"Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke" [Gloria Steinem Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions]
"There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature" [Lawrence Durrell Justine]
"If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?" [Mary Astell Some Reflections upon Marriage]
"Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything" [Anita Brookner Hotel du Lac]
"O fairest of creation, last and best"
"Of all God's works" [John Milton Paradise Lost]
"A woman's place is in the home"
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"
"A woman's work is never done"
woman is very different from man → la mujer es muy distinta del hombre
I have a woman who comes in to do the cleaning → tengo una mujer que me hace la limpieza
the woman in his life → su compañera
his woman (= lover) → su querida
woman to woman → de mujer a mujer
women's doubles → dobles mpl femeninos
women's football → fútbol m femenino
women's group → grupo m femenino
women's lib → la liberación de la mujer
women's libber → feminista mf
women's movement → movimiento m feminista
she's her own woman → es una mujer muy fiel a sí misma
women's page → sección f femenina
women's refuge → hogar m para mujeres maltratadas
women's rights → derechos mpl de la mujer
women's room (US) → servicio m de señoras
women's studies (Univ) → estudios mpl de la mujer
women's team → equipo m femenino
woman of the town (euph) → prostituta f
it's women's work → es un trabajo de mujeres
a woman of the world → una mujer de mundo
young woman → joven f
see also honest A1
see also little 1 A3
see also old A6
woman[ˈwʊmən] [women] (pl)
woman[ˈwʊmən] n (women (pl)) → donna
young woman → giovane donna
come along, young woman! → su, signorina!
I have a woman who comes in to do the cleaning → ho una donna che viene a fare le pulizie
woman of the world → donna di mondo
the little woman (hum) (wife) → la mogliettina
the woman in his life → la donna della sua vita
women's page (Press) → rubrica femminile