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[woo m-uh n-kahynd] /ˈwʊm ənˌkaɪnd/
women, as distinguished from men; the female sex.
Origin of womankind
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at woman, kind2
Can be confused
humankind, mankind, womankind. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Christina was a sad specimen of womankind indeed," said Mrs. Temple.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • His ideal of womankind is gauged by the character of the woman he seeks.

  • For she was wise and shrewd—of that pure leaven of womankind which leaveneth all the rest.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • But his knowledge of womankind warned him that he must not be too hasty.

  • Latisan had his own mental tags for womankind; this was “a lady.”

  • I cannot give her any other epithet; for I think her superior to all womankind.'

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • What we have to do is to consider work for women as a whole, with all that it involves for womankind.

    The Arena Various
  • And then the mischief-loving quality of womankind appeared in her.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • Its hold on the affections of womankind has never been stronger than it is to-day.


    Marie D. Webster
British Dictionary definitions for womankind


the female members of the human race; women collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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