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A woman with strong scholarly or literary interests.
[After the Blue Stocking, Society, a nickname for a predominantly female literary club of 18th-century London (probably so called after the blue worsted stockings commonly worn as part of informal dress at the time).]
usually derogatory a scholarly or intellectual woman
[from the blue worsted stockings worn by members of a C18 literary society]
a woman with considerable literary or intellectual ability or interest.
[1780–90; orig., a member of a mid-18th-century London literary circle that included some women (so called from the blue stockings worn by a male participant)]