n. pl. wom·en(wĭmĭn)Idioms:
1. An adult female human.
2. Women considered as a group; womankind: “Woman feels the invidious distinctions of sex exactly as the black man does those of color” (Elizabeth Cady Stanton).
3. An adult female human belonging to a specified occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination: an Englishwoman; congresswoman; a saleswoman.
4. A female servant or subordinate.
(one's) own woman
Independent in judgment or action: She has always been her own woman.
to a woman
[Middle English, from Old English wimman, variant of wīfman : wīf, woman + man, person; see MAN.]
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