pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
- the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
- the woman: She who listens learns.
- anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine: spring, with all the memories she conjures up.
noun, plural shes.
- a female person or animal.
- an object or device considered as female or feminine.
- she or he: used as an orthographic device to avoid he when the sex of the antecedent is unknown or irrelevant.
- contraction of she is.
- contraction of she has.
- refers to a female person or animalshe is a doctor; she’s a fine mare
- refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
- Australian and NZ an informal word for it 1 (def. 3) she’s apples; she’ll be right
- a female person or animal
- (in combination)she-cat
- she is or she has
pron.mid-12c., probably evolving from Old English seo, sio (accusative sie), fem. of demonstrative pronoun se “the,” from PIE root *so- “this, that” (see the). The Old English word for “she” was heo, hio, however by 13c. the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with he “he,” which apparently led to the fem. demonstrative pronoun being used in place of the pronoun (cf. similar development in Dutch zij, German sie, Greek he, etc.). The original h- survives in her. A relic of the Old English pronoun is in Manchester-area dialectal oo “she.” As a noun meaning “a female,” she is attested from 1530s. pron.artificial genderless pronoun, attested from 1977; from he + she.