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[wim-inz] /ˈwɪm ɪnz/
noun, plural women's.
a range of sizes usually from 38 to 44 for garments that fit larger than average women.
a garment in this size range.
the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.


[woo m-uh n] /ˈwʊm ən/
noun, plural women
[wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/ (Show IPA)
the female human being, as distinguished from a girl or a man.
an adult female person.
a female attendant to a lady of rank.
a wife.
the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness.
a sweetheart or paramour; mistress.
a female employee or representative:
A woman from the real estate agency called.
a female person who cleans house, cooks, etc.; housekeeper:
The woman will be in to clean today.
women collectively:
Woman is no longer subordinate to man.
verb (used with object)
to put into the company of a woman.
to equip or staff with women.
Obsolete. to cause to act or yield like a woman.
of women; womanly.
a woman plumber.
be one's own woman, (of females) to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent.
Origin of woman
before 900; Middle English womman, wimman, Old English wīfman, equivalent to wīf female + man human being; see wife, man1
Related forms
womanless, adjective
antiwoman, adjective
Can be confused
lady, woman (see synonym study at the current entry; see usage note at the current entry)
Synonym Study
Woman, female, lady are nouns referring to adult human beings who are biologically female; that is, capable of bearing offspring. Woman is the general term. It is neutral, lacking either favorable or unfavorable implication, and is the most commonly used of the three: a wealthy woman; a woman of strong character, of unbridled appetites. In scientific, statistical, and other objective use, female is the neutral contrastive term to male and may apply to plants and animals also: 104 females to every 100 males; Among lions, the female is the chief hunter. Female is sometimes used in disparaging contexts: a gossipy female; a conniving female. Lady meaning “refined, polite woman” is a term of approval or praise: a real lady in all things; to behave like a lady.
Usage note
2. Although formerly woman was sometimes regarded as demeaning and lady was the term of courtesy, woman is the designation preferred by most modern female adults: League of Women Voters; American Association of University Women. Woman is the standard feminine parallel to man. As a modifier of a plural noun, woman, like man, is exceptional in that the plural form women is used: women athletes; women students. The use of lady as a term of courtesy has diminished somewhat in recent years (the lady of the house), although it still survives in a few set phrases (ladies' room; Ladies' Day). Lady is also used, but decreasingly, as a term of reference for women engaged in occupations considered by some to be menial or routine: cleaning lady; saleslady. See also girl, lady, -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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