bluestocking [bloo-stok-ing] /ˈbluˌstɒk ɪŋ/ Show IPA
a woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest.
a member of a mid-18th-century London literary circle:
Lady Montagu was a celebrated bluestocking.
1675–85; so called from the informal attire, especially blue woolen instead of black silk stockings, worn by some women of the group (def 2)