The female person or animal previously mentioned or implied.
(RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene)
(quote-book)|url= https://archive.org/stream/thedarlingandoth13416gut/13416.txt |isbn= 3734019680 |passage= The mother, Ekaterina Pavlovna, who at one time had been handsome, but now, asthmatic, depressed, vague, and over-feeble for her years, tried to entertain me with conversation about painting. Having heard from her daughter that I might come to Shelkovka, she had hurriedly recalled two or three of my landscapes which she had seen in exhibitions in Moscow, and now asked what I meant to express by them.
A ship or boat.
A country, or sometimes a city, province, planet, etc.
1928, ''The Journal of the American Dental Association'', page 765:
- Prodigal in everything, summer spreads her blessings with lavish unconcern, and waving her magic wand across the landscape of the world, she bids the sons of men to enter in and possess. Summer is the great consummation.
A person whose gender is unknown or irrelevant (qualifier).
1990, (w), ''Flow''
- Optimal experience is thus something that we ''make'' happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last block on a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage.
''Pat is definitely a she.''
(RQ:Fielding Tom Jone)
- Come, come, we know very well what all the matter is; but if one won’t, another will; so pretty a gentleman need never want a lady. I am sure, if I was you, I would see the finest she that ever wore a head hanged, before I would go for a soldier for her.
(RQ:Thackeray Vanity Fair) honest Swartz in her favourite amber-coloured satin, with turquoise bracelets, countless rings, flowers, feathers, and all sorts of tags and gimcracks, about as elegantly decorated as a she chimney-sweep on May-day.
2000, Sue V. Rosser, ''Building inclusive science'' volume 28, issues 1–2, page 189:
- A world where the hes are so much more common than the shes can hardly be seen as a welcoming place for women.
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