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[shee] /ʃi/
pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
the woman:
She who listens learns.
anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine:
spring, with all the memories she conjures up.
noun, plural shes.
a female person or animal.
an object or device considered as female or feminine.
Origin of she
1125-75; Middle English, alteration of Old English sēo, sīo, sīe, feminine of se the1; replacing Old English hēo, hīo, feminine personal pronoun; see he1, her
Usage note
See he1, me, they.


[shee-er-hee, shee-hee] /ˈʃi ərˈhi, ˈʃiˈhi/
she or he: used as an orthographic device to avoid he when the sex of the antecedent is unknown or irrelevant.
Compare she/he.
Usage note
See he1.


[sheez] /ʃiz/
contraction of she is.
contraction of she has.
Usage note Unabridged
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Examples from the web for she
  • Perhaps, she says wanly, your boss gives you extra energy through making you angry and whiny.
  • As soon as she could walk she wandered away, preferably into warm spring rain.
  • Thus, they see the sun rise later and set earlier than it does for a horizon without obstruction, she said.
  • she is encouraged to talk about any symptoms of her pregnancy, even common ones she is not experiencing.
  • she bought the electric drill to get a tidier household.
  • she began by creating a private sanctuary at the back of the property, off the existing studio.
  • Drago on paid leave, she said, as soon as she had learned of the complaints against him.
  • she promoted the benefits of fresh air, tea, homeopathy and a good joke.
  • she also found out where they had placed torpedoes, or barrels filled with gunpowder, in the water.
  • she was much more organized and structured and much more of a technician.
British Dictionary definitions for she


pronoun (subjective)
refers to a female person or animal: she is a doctor, she's a fine mare
refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
(Austral & NZ) an informal word for it1 (sense 3) she's apples, she'll be right
  1. a female person or animal
  2. (in combination): she-cat
Word Origin
Old English sīe, accusative of sēo, feminine demonstrative pronoun


she is or she has
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Word Origin and History for she

mid-12c., probably evolving from Old English seo, sio (accusative sie), fem. of demonstrative pronoun se "the," from PIE root *so- "this, that" (see the). The Old English word for "she" was heo, hio, however by 13c. the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with he "he," which apparently led to the fem. demonstrative pronoun being used in place of the pronoun (cf. similar development in Dutch zij, German sie, Greek he, etc.). The original h- survives in her. A relic of the Old English pronoun is in Manchester-area dialectal oo "she." As a noun meaning "a female," she is attested from 1530s.



artificial genderless pronoun, attested from 1977; from he + she.

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