The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 女人

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Entry definition

女人 〈nǚ rén〉 {{zh-forms}} pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
noun: {{zh-noun}}
  1. (Elementary Mandarin) woman; adult female {{zh-usex}}
  2. wife (generally not used in formal speech)
  3. (colloquial) lover; mistress
Synonyms: {{zh-l}}, {{zh-l}}, {{zh-l}}
  • 男人 〈nán rén〉
  • When referring to an adult female in a neutral sense, {{zh-l}} and {{zh-l}} are often preferred, as {{zh-l}} can carry potentially offensive connotations of a female of low social standing or worth (similar to woman and lady in English).

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