- 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.]
- A woman; a female; -- used substantively.(R)"Lady, you are the cruelest she alive." [Shak.]
Note: ☞ 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.
Etymology: OE. she sche scheo scho, AS. seó, fem. of the definite article, originally a demonstrative pronoun; cf. OS. siu, D. zij, G. sie, OHG. siu sī si, Icel. sū sjā, Goth. si she, sō, fem. article, Russ. siia, fem., this, Gr. �, fem. article, Skr. sā syā. The possessive her or hers, and the objective her, are from a different root. See Her