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[woo m-uh n-hoo d] /ˈwʊm ənˌhʊd/
the state of being a woman; womanly character or qualities.
women collectively:
American womanhood.
Origin of womanhood
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at woman, -hood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One finds Nora Helmer a fascinating type of womanhood to study.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • Bruce was twenty-seven, and his mother was still his ideal of womanhood.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • "You may smoke," said the Bouguereau child who was grown into womanhood.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • Violet has been instructed in some of the duties of womanhood.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She was just reaching the maturity of womanhood, barely thirty-one, and had yet to know the meaning of love's real glory.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for womanhood


the state or quality of being a woman or being womanly
women collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for womanhood

late 14c., "condition of being a woman," also "qualities or characteristics considered natural to a woman," from woman + -hood. Meaning "women collectively" is attested from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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