Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "woman" in Russian

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Meaning: woman, female life partner

Pronunciation: [ZHEHN-schee-nah]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #166 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Женщина смотрит в зеркало.
  • A woman is looking in the mirror.
  • На скамейке сидели мужчина и женщина.
  • There were a man and a woman sitting on the bench.
  • В его жизни было две женщины.
  • There were two women in his life. (meaning "significant other")
  • В своем романе Лев Толстой описывает, как маленькая шаловливая девочка становится настоящей женщиной, матерью и любящей женой.
  • In his novel, Leo Tolstoy describes how a playful little girl becomes a real woman, a mother and a loving wife.
  • В кресле сиде́ла молода́я и о́чень привлека́тельная же́нщина.
  • There was a young and very attractive woman sitting in the chair.
  • Сколько в вашей жизни было женщин или мужчин?
  • How many women or men have you had in your life? (referring to intimacy)

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • замужняя женщина = married woman
  • сварливая женщина = shrew
  • женщина-врач = lady-doctor
  • любимая женщина = fair one, beloved
  • женщина-космонавт = spacewoman
  • роковая женщина = la femme fatale
  • женщина лёгкого поведения = prostitute
  • стать женщиной = to lose virginity; to grow from a girl into a woman
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Ищите женщину.
  • There is a woman in it. (from French: Cherchez la femme.)
  • Не бывает некрасивых женщин.
  • Nobody's ugly after 2 a.m.! (literally: There are no unattractive women.)
  • Одна женщина -- баба, две бабы -- базар, а три -- ярмарка.
  • Three women and a goose make a marketplace.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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