womanhood

[ woo m-uh n-hoo d ]
/ ˈwʊm ənˌhʊd /

noun

the state of being a woman; womanly character or qualities.
women collectively: American womanhood.

Nearby words

  1. woman-hater,
  2. woman-hour,
  3. woman-to-woman,
  4. woman-year,
  5. womanfully,
  6. womaniser,
  7. womanish,
  8. womanist,
  9. womanize,
  10. womanizer

Origin of womanhood

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at woman, -hood

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British Dictionary definitions for womanhood

womanhood

/ (ˈwʊmənˌhʊd) /

noun

the state or quality of being a woman or being womanly
women collectively
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Word Origin and History for womanhood

womanhood

n.

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