1. 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. She loved her children best in every wise. (Chaucer) Then Sarah denied, . . . For she was afraid. (gen. Xviii. 15)
2. A woman; a female; used substantively. Lady, you are the cruelest she alive. (Shak)
she is used in composition with nouns of common gender, for female, to denote an animal of the female sex; as, a she-bear; a she-cat.
Origin: She; Her. Or Hers; Her; They; Their or Theirs; Them OE. She, sche, scheo, scho, AS. Seo, fem. Of the definite article, originally a demonstrative pronoun; cf. Os. Siu, D. Zij, g. Sie, OHG. Siu, si, si, Icel. Su, sja, goth. Si she, so, fem. Article, Russ. Siia, fem, this, gr, fem. Article, Skr. Sa, sya. The possessive her or hers, and the objective her, are from a different root. See Her.