womanhood


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wom·an·hood

 (wo͝om′ən-ho͝od′)
n.
1. The state or time of being a woman.
2. The composite of qualities thought to be appropriate to or representative of women.
3. Women considered as a group: "The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood" (Mary McLeod Bethune).

womanhood

(ˈwʊmənˌhʊd)
n
1. the state or quality of being a woman or being womanly
2. women collectively

wom•an•hood

(ˈwʊm ənˌhʊd)

n.
1. the state of being a woman.
2. traditional womanly qualities.
[1325–1375]

Womanhood

 women collectively; women as a body, 1523; womenkind, 1357.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.womanhood - the state of being an adult woman
adulthood - the state (and responsibilities) of a person who has attained maturity
2.womanhood - women as a class; "it's an insult to American womanhood"; "woman is the glory of creation"; "the fair sex gathered on the veranda"
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
womankind - women as distinguished from men
3.womanhood - the status of a woman
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"

womanhood

noun
1. adulthood, maturity a young girl on the threshold of womanhood
2. women, womankind, womenfolk, the female sex, womenkind a fine example of modern womanhood

womanhood

noun
Translations
أنوثَه، نَسَوِيَّه
det at være kvinde
asszonnyá érés
kvendómur, òaî aî vera kona
ženstvo
ženskost
kadınlık

womanhood

[ˈwʊmənhʊd] N
1. (= women in general) → mujeres fpl, sexo m femenino
2. (= age) → edad f adulta (de mujer)
to reach womanhoodllegar a la edad adulta (de mujer)
3. (= womanliness) → feminidad f

womanhood

[ˈwʊmənhʊd] n
(= being a woman) → vie f de femme
Here she is on the threshold of womanhood → La voici, au seuil de sa vie de femme ...
a natural part of womanhood → une étape naturelle dans la vie d'une femme
(= women) → femmes fpl

womanhood

[ˈwʊmənˌhʊd] nfemminilità
to reach womanhood → diventare donna

woman

(ˈwumən) plural women (ˈwimin) noun
1. an adult human female. His sisters are both grown women now; (also adjective) a woman doctor; women doctors.
2. a female domestic daily helper. We have a woman who comes in to do the cleaning.
-woman sometimes used instead of -man when the person performing an activity is a woman, as in chairwoman
ˈwomanhood noun
the state of being a woman. She will reach womanhood in a few years' time.
ˈwomankind, womenkind (ˈwimin-) nouns
women generally.
ˈwomanly adjective
(showing qualities) natural or suitable to a woman. a womanly figure; womanly charm.
ˈwomanliness noun
ˈwomenfolk (ˈwimin-) noun plural
female people, especially female relatives.
References in classic literature ?
All three wore suits of thin silver gray (their best gowns for the summer), with blush roses in hair and bosom, and all three looked just what they were, fresh-faced, happy-hearted girls, pausing a moment in their busy lives to read with wistful eyes the sweetest chapter in the romance of womanhood.
His mother, Louise Bentley, the girl who came into the world on that night when Jesse ran through the fields crying to God that he be given a son, had grown to womanhood on the farm and had married young John Hardy of Wines- burg, who became a banker.
Providence, in the person of this little girl, had assigned to Hester's charge, the germ and blossom of womanhood, to be cherished and developed amid a host of difficulties.
All the honest blood of womanhood, the strong New England blood of liberty, flushed to her cheeks, and throbbed bitterly in her indignant heart; but, with habitual prudence and self-control, she mastered herself, and, crushing the paper firmly in her hand, she merely said to Rosa,
Let us talk no more of death, let us rather speak of our childhood, when we wandered hand in hand; let us talk also of our love, and of the happy hours that we have spent since your great axe rang upon the rock in the Halakazi caves, and my fear told you the secret of my womanhood.
There was indeed only one quality of womanhood in which she was lacking, and in which, after much serious self- examination, I discovered the reason of my instinctive self-sacrifice of her,--SHE HAD NEVER SUFFERED.
Some persons may fancy that Mademoiselle Cormon used every means to attain her end; and that among the legitimate lures of womanhood she devoted herself to dress, wore low-necked gowns, and employed the negative coquetries of a magnificent display of arms.
Poor food was this to nourish the mental appetite of a girl just upon the brink of womanhood.
From the Yang family a maiden came, Glowing to womanhood a rose aflame, Reared in the inner sanctuary apart, Lost to the world, resistless to the heart; For beauty such as hers was hard to hide, And so, when summoned to the monarch's side, Her flashing eye and merry laugh had power To charm into pure gold the leaden hour; And through the paint and powder of the court All gathered to the sunshine that she brought.
Being a man who knew that the former of these symptoms was one of the inherent penalties of womanhood, he did not then press his inquiries, but waited for a more appropriate opportunity when he should again interrogate her, or receive an avowal proprio motu.
But, had she attempted it, perhaps the old recollections, the long-repressed feelings of childhood, youth, and womanhood, might have gushed from her heart, in words that it would have been profanation to utter there.
It was a happy lot for children to grow up to manhood or womanhood with the Great Stone Face before their eyes, for all the features were noble, and the expression was at once grand and sweet, as if it were the glow of a vast, warm heart, that embraced all mankind in its affections, and had room for more.