1. This or that female; the woman understood or referred to; the animal of the female sex, or object personified as feminine, which was spoken of. "She loved her children best in every wise." (Chaucer) "Then Sarah denied, . . . For she was afraid." (Gen. Xviii. 15)

2. A woman; a female; used substantively. "Lady, you are the cruelest she alive." (Shak)

She is used in composition with nouns of common gender, for female, to denote an animal of the female sex; as, a she-bear; a she-cat.

Origin: She; Her. Or Hers; Her; They; Their or Theirs; Them] [OE. She, sche, scheo, scho, AS. Seo, fem. Of the definite article, originally a demonstrative pronoun; cf. OS. Siu, D. Zij, G. Sie, OHG. Siu, si, si, Icel. Su, sja, Goth. Si she, so, fem. Article, Russ. Siia, fem, this, Gr, fem. Article, Skr. Sa, sya. The possessive her or hers, and the objective her, are from a different root. See Her.

(01 Mar 1998)

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