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bluestocking

[ bloo-stok-ing ]

noun

  1. a woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest.
  2. a member of a mid-18th-century London literary circle:

    Lady Montagu was a celebrated bluestocking.



bluestocking

/ ˈbluːˌstɒkɪŋ /

noun

  1. derogatory.
    a scholarly or intellectual woman


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Other Words From

  • bluestocking·ism noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bluestocking1

1675–85; so called from the informal attire, especially blue woolen instead of black silk stockings, worn by some women of the group bluestocking ( def 2 )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bluestocking1

from the blue worsted stockings worn by members of a C18 literary society

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Example Sentences

I am not going to caricature a bluestocking, but to point out one or two real dangers.

A bluestocking and a sansculotte (not a very usual combination), she was also a woman of the very latest cry in frocks.

The Bluestocking paused and looked round the circle of interested faces.

Why, monsieur, she was a very superior woman—a regular bluestocking!

The don and the bluestocking have to live, so have the cowboy and the cook.

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