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From Latin mulier (woman).



mulier (plural muliers)

  1. (law, historical) Lawful issue born in wedlock, in distinction from an elder brother born of the same parents before their marriage.
    • 1908, Alfred John Horwood, Luke Owen Pike, Year books of the reign of King Edward the Third: Volume 15
      Or suppose an inquest were taken between us, and it were found that they are muliers, for which reason the voucher stood, and they came and pleaded the same exception to escape from warranting as heirs, then two inquests would be taken []
  2. (obsolete) A woman; a wife or mother.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for mulier in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




Uncertain; it has been proposed that it might derive from mollior, comparative of mollis (soft, tender), while others propose it might be akin to mulgere and therefore mean “the milk-giver”



mulier f (genitive mulieris); third declension

  1. a woman, female
    Synonyms: cunnus, fēmina
  2. a wife
    Synonym: uxor
  3. (figuratively) a coward, poltroon
  4. (Medieval Latin) a virgin adult


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative mulier mulierēs
Genitive mulieris mulierum
Dative mulierī mulieribus
Accusative mulierem mulierēs
Ablative muliere mulieribus
Vocative mulier mulierēs

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