W1S1 [ˈwumən] n plural women [ˈwımın]
1¦(female person)¦
2¦(any woman)¦
3 businesswoman/spokeswoman etc
4 another woman/the other woman
5 be your own woman
7¦(form of address)¦
[: Old English; Origin: wifman, from wif ( WIFE) + man 'person']
an adult female person
I was talking to a woman I met on the flight.
married women
a popular women's magazine
When a woman is pregnant, the levels of hormones in her body change.
woman priest/doctor etc
(=a priest etc who is a woman)
Ireland's first woman president
women artists
2.) ¦(ANY WOMAN)¦ [singular] formal
women in general
A woman's work is never done (=used to say that women have a lot to do) .
3.) businesswoman/spokeswoman etc
a woman who has a particular kind of job
Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher
4.) another woman/the other woman informal
a woman that a man is having a sexual relationship with, even though he is married to someone else
I'm sure he's got another woman.
5.) be your own woman
to make your own decisions and be in charge of your own life, without depending on anyone else
6.) ¦(PARTNER)¦ [singular]
spoken a word meaning a wife or girlfriend, which many women find offensive
Did he bring his new woman with him?
old-fashioned not polite a rude way of speaking to a woman when you are angry, annoyed etc
8.) ¦(SERVANT)¦
a female servant or person who does cleaning work for you in your house
→↑cleaner, daily help ↑daily help
→↑old woman,make an honest woman (out) of sb athonest, be a woman of the world atworld1 (21)

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