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.
- Used to refer to the woman or girl previously mentioned or implied. See Usage Note at I1.
- Used to refer to a female animal.
- Used in place of it to refer to certain inanimate things, such as ships and nations, traditionally perceived as female: "The sea is mother-death and she is a mighty female” ( Anne Sexton).
- A female animal or person: Is the cat a she?