Definition for SHE

SHE, pron. [pronoun personal of the feminine gender. Sax. seo; Goth. si; D. zy; G. sie. The Danes and Swedes use for he and she, the word from which the English has hen; Dan. han, he, the male; hun, she, the female; hane, a cock; Sw. han, he; hanne, a cock; hon, hennes, henne, she. This is the root of Henry. She is perhaps the Heb. אשה, a woman or wife, In the Saxon, seo is used as an adjective, and may be rendered the or a. It is also used as a relative, answering to who, L. quæ. It is also used for he and that. In English, she has no variation, and is used only in the nominative case. In the oblique cases, we use hers and her, a distinct word.]

  1. A pronoun which is the substitute for the name of a female, and of the feminine gender; the word which refers to a female mentioned in the preceding or following part of a sentence or discourse. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. – Gen. xviii.
  2. She is sometimes used as a noun for woman or female, and in the plural; but in contempt or in ludicrous language. Lady, you are the cruell'st she alive. – Shak. The shes of Italy shall not betray / My interest. – Shak.
  3. She is used also in composition for female, representing sex; as, a she-bear; a she-cat.

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