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English woman.

This ending appears in a variety of terms denoting a woman who has a given place of residence, nationality, association, occupation, role, or skill: Englishwoman, Yorkshirewoman, laywoman, saleswoman, oarswoman. Such terms are now frequently considered to be sexist and gender-neutral alternatives are preferred. See also ‑man, ‑manship, and ‑person.

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