The Daily Mail reports the definition for “woman” is now described as a “person’s” wife, girlfriend, or lover as opposed to only a man’s.
“Woman” was previously defined in the dictionary as a “man’s” wife, girlfriend, or lover – but this has now been changed to “person’s”.
The review was done after a petition, saying the definitions were “sexist”, was circulated by Maria Beatrice Giovanardi last summer. She collected and sent the signatures of 30,000 people to the dictionary’s publisher.
A “man” is now described by the dictionary as “a person’s husband, boyfriend or male lover”.
A spokesman for the Oxford University Press, the dictionary’s publisher, told The Telegraph: “We have undertaken an extensive review of the dictionary and thesaurus entries, and usage examples, for ‘woman’ and for many related terms.”
“We have expanded the dictionary coverage of ‘woman’ with more examples and idiomatic phrases which depict women in a positive and active manner.”
“We have ensured that offensive synonyms or senses are clearly labeled as such and only included where we have evidence of real world usage.”
In addition, Giovanardi’s petition included changing the synonyms for “woman” and also called for the inclusion of the terms “transgender woman,” and “lesbian woman” to be added.