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bluestocking

[ bloo-stok-ing ]
/ ˈbluˌstɒk ɪŋ /
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noun

a woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest.
a member of a mid-18th-century London literary circle: Lady Montagu was a celebrated bluestocking.

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Origin of bluestocking

1675–85; so called from the informal attire, especially blue woolen instead of black silk stockings, worn by some women of the group (def. 2)
blue·stock·ing·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bluestocking

bluestocking
/ (ˈbluːˌstɒkɪŋ) /

noun

usually derogatory a scholarly or intellectual woman
from the blue worsted stockings worn by members of a C18 literary society
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