Oxford dictionaries change 'sexist' and outdated definitions of the word 'woman'

The word 'woman' is being redefined in one series of dictionaries.

(CNN)Even the dictionary can be sexist and out of date, especially when it comes to how a "woman" is described.

Earlier this year, Oxford University Press changed its entry for "woman" in its dictionaries, including the Oxford English Dictionary, to include more positive ways to describe a female.
"We have expanded the dictionary coverage of 'woman' with more examples and idiomatic phrases which depict women in a positive and active manner," according to a statement from OUP. "We have ensured that offensive synonyms or senses are clearly labelled as such and only included where we have evidence of real world usage."
    Phrases such as "woman of the moment" were added to equal the old saying of the "man of the moment." And one of the definitions of "woman" now refers to a "person's wife, girlfriend, or female lover," as opposed to being tied to only a man.
    The definition for "man" was updated to include gender-neutral terms and references to "sexual attractiveness or activity" were revised for "man" and "woman" entries.
    OUP said its lexicographers regularly review entries to make sure they are accurate. This time around, the voice of the people helped create change, an OUP spokeswoman told CNN in an email Monday.
    "Sometimes the team focus on topics highlighted by user feedback (such as last year's petition about the definition of 'woman') and sometimes these topics are driven by current events or through projects taking place within the Oxford Languages team," the spokeswoman wrote.
    She cited work the organization has done on words relating to race, racial diversity and the use of "they" as a pronoun for nonbinary people as other examples this year.
    A Change.org petition in 2019 called for OUP to remove "sexist" terms for a woman. Tens of thousands of people signed it.