- a woman or women collectively.
- women's work.
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How to use distaff in a sentence
Indeed, the distaff vote may yet again break Republican this cycle—as it did in 2010—if the polls are to be believed.The 2014 Election Is Yet Another Scrum in the Culture Wars|Lloyd Green|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As Maggie in a 1990 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof she was more than just a slip of distaff Mississippi flesh.
Behind the bride were carried the distaff and spindle, emblems of domestic life.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
A beautiful young girl was seated near them, with her distaff, spinning gold thread.
In the morning she took her wheel and spun a whole distaff full; there was still no news.
The invention of the loom and distaff has been piously ascribed to the gods.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
The ancients were all familiar with the idea of women sometimes exchanging the spindle and distaff for the spear and shield.Female Warriors, Vol. I (of 2)|Ellen C. Clayton