female vs woman : Common Errors in English

About female vs woman

When referring to an adult female of the human species it sounds weird and may even be considered insulting to use the noun “female” instead of “woman.” “The female pointed the gun at the cop” should be “the woman pointed the gun at the cop.”In the case of the related adjectives some people argue that since we say—for instance—“male doctor” we should always say “female doctor” rather than “woman doctor.” It may be inconsistent, but the pattern of referring to females as women performers, professionals, etc. is very traditional, dating back at least to the 14th century. People who do this cannot be accused of committing an error.Technical adjectival uses defining gender like “female genes” are fine (but don’t confuse them with “women’s jeans”).

female Meaning(s)

  • (n) an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
  • (n) a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
  • (a) being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop
  • (s) characteristic of or peculiar to a woman
  • (s) for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls

woman Meaning(s)

  • (n) an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  • (n) a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man
  • (n) a human female employed to do housework
  • (n) women as a class

female in News

  1. Tennessee Female Attorneys Urged to Wear Less Revealing Outfits

    A Tennessee circuit judge is urging female attorneys not to wear sleeveless dresses and revealing blouses in his courtroom.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Wall Street Journal Blogs

  2. Female inmates moving to new juvenile center

    Once the new Terrebonne Juvenile Detention Center is built in Gray, the female inmates housed at the parish jail will be transferred to the juvenile facility next door.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Houma Courier

  3. Female Senators Challenging Pentagon on Sex Assault Rules

    Female senators pushing legislation to curb sexual assaults in the armed forces must overcome opposition from top military officials and their own leadership to change the way cases are investigated and prosecuted.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

woman in News

  1. Woman Attacked By Moose In Kincaid Park

    A woman was attacked by a cow moose in Kincaid Park in Anchorage Monday. Parks and Rec says the incident occurred when the woman and her husband were taking an evening walk on the Mize Loop Trail and inadvertently came between the moose and her calf.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Alaska Public Radio Network

  2. Woman injured riding Citi Bike in lower Manhattan

    A woman riding a Citi Bike suffered minor injuries after a vehicle sideswiped the cyclist in lower Manhattan Wednesday, police sources said.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Daily News

  3. Woman missing 11 years sentenced to 364 days in jail

    The Pennsylvania woman who resurfaced last month after being missing for 11 years has been sentenced to nearly a year in a Florida county jail, a court clerk said Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

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