woman of letters


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woman of letters

n. pl. women of letters
A woman who is devoted to literary or scholarly pursuits: "[Eva Le Gallienne] was ... a woman of letters who produced forcefully elegant translations of Ibsen and Hans Christian Andersen" (Margo Jefferson).
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wom′an of let′ters


n.
a woman engaged in literary or scholarly pursuits.
[1815–20]
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