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Can the word "handsome" be used for women?
Wednesday April 10th 2013
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Can the word "handsome" be used for women?
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Can I use the word handsome for women? –Mary, United States

 

Answer

Yes, you can use the adjective handsome for women. 

While handsome is more often used for men, women can also be called handsome. When a woman is described as handsome, it suggests that she is very good-looking, and also healthy and strong. Handsome is less likely to be used to describe a woman who is petite or delicate. 

 

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