woman-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: female human individuals

Commentary:WOMAN[+individual][+person][+female] Refers to specific female individuals, -not- a whole gender class (Sense 2)

The woman gave birth to twins.
These women are all successful entrepreneurs.
Mary said only three women came to the meeting last night.
Women and children were put on the lifeboats first.
John likes to date tall women.
Our women's basketball team went to the nationals. (this refers to a specific group of individuals)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the female gender as a class

NOTE: refers to a class, a whole species' gender, not individual females (Sense 1)

In this painting, woman is symbolized by the moon, and man by the sun.
A woman's metabolism is different from a man's. (refers to women as a gender class)
This suit is designed for a woman's body. (class of women)
She devoted her life to women's rights in developing nations.
She is a professor in the women's studies department.
Women's basketball has become a popular sport. (It refers to the gender at large, not a specific group of players)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 3: a wife, girlfriend, or mistress

NOTE: a narrow sub-sense of Sense 1, which refers to the romantic role played by a female

Although they never married, she was his woman for 20 years.
John told Bob to stay away from his woman.
The famous actor has had a lot of women in his life.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: a female domestic worker, employee

NOTE: a narrow sub-sense of Sense 1, referring to females in the role of menial domestic worker. Refers to a female menial worker, e.g., charwoman, laundress.
NOTE: a somewhat archaic usage

Let the woman in tomorrow so she can clean the house.
Mary recommended a woman she uses for light cooking and housekeeping.
He had a woman come in twice a week to do the laundry.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 5: Placeholder Sense: Do Not Choose


WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: Placeholder Sense