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noun woman pronunciation in British English /ˈwʊmən/
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  1. [countable] an adult female person
    a smiling young woman with dark hair
    We need more women in parliament.
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    1. a.
      [only before noun] used for saying that someone who does something is a woman
      the first woman prime minister
      a study of women writers
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    2. b.
      [singular] all women considered as a group
      the stereotype of woman as helpless victim
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    3. c.
      spoken a rude way of addressing a woman when you are annoyed
      Stop panicking, woman!
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