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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. 2018.
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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


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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