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 ?
She felt quite sufficient confidence in her own womanhood to carry her through any difficulty which might arise.
Always he had been con- scious of the girl growing into womanhood as he grew into manhood.
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.
For ten long years afterward I never again met with my little Mary; I never even heard whether she had lived to grow to womanhood or not.
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.
Here's a delicate bit of womanhood, or girlhood, coming to receive a prize, I suppose," said Mr.
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.
Here Madame de la Rocheaimard whiled away the close of a varied and troubled life; if not in absolute peace, still not in absolute misery, while her grand-daughter grew into young womanhood, a miracle of goodness and pious devotion to her sole surviving parent.
There is a noble and lofty pathos in the close of Caponsacchi's statement, an artless and manly break from his self-control throughout, that seems to me the last possible effect in its kind; and Pompilia's story holds all of womanhood in it, the purity, the passion, the tenderness, the helplessness.
She had grown to young womanhood a cold and heartless creature, daughter of a thousand other cold, heartless, beautiful women who had never known love.
Tall and elegantly slim, there was yet something in the graceful lines of her figure which reminded him forcibly that the days of her womanhood had indeed arrived.
It was time, he said, that she should go to a better school than the little country one in Carlisle; and besides, he did not want her to grow into womanhood a stranger to him.