1. Used to refer to the female person or animal previously mentioned or implied. See Usage Notes at he1, I1, they.
2. Used to refer to a person whose gender is unspecified or unknown.
3. Used in place of it to refer to certain inanimate things, such as ships and nations, traditionally perceived as female: "Went out and hopped in my old Ford / Hit the engine but she ain't turnin'" (Bruce Springsteen).
A female animal or person. Sometimes used in combination: Is the cat a she? Is that a she-bear?
[Middle English, probably alteration of Old English sēo, feminine demonstrative pron.; see so- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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