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womanhood

[woo m-uh n-hoo d]
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noun
  1. the state of being a woman; womanly character or qualities.
  2. women collectively: American womanhood.

Origin of womanhood

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at woman, -hood
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  • It may be only a further development of the sin of woman, the wastage of her womanhood.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • It also has direct and urgent bearing on many of the problems of womanhood.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • She was still a child, no doubt, but a child ripening into womanhood.

  • Yes, ever since she had grown into womanhood he had adored her.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • He should reverence his manhood, even as he expected her to 28 reverence her womanhood.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen


British Dictionary definitions for womanhood

womanhood

noun
  1. the state or quality of being a woman or being womanly
  2. women collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for womanhood

n.

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