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womanhood

[woo m-uh n-hoo d] /ˈwʊm ənˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being a woman; womanly character or qualities.
2.
women collectively:
American womanhood.
Origin of womanhood
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see woman, -hood
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  • One finds Nora Helmer a fascinating type of womanhood to study.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • She was still a child, no doubt, but a child ripening into womanhood.

  • "You may smoke," said the Bouguereau child who was grown into womanhood.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • Yes, ever since she had grown into womanhood he had adored her.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • She was just reaching the maturity of womanhood, barely thirty-one, and had yet to know the meaning of love's real glory.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for womanhood

womanhood

/ˈwʊmənˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being a woman or being womanly
2.
women collectively
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Word Origin and History for womanhood
n.

late 14c., "condition of being a woman," also "qualities or characteristics considered natural to a woman," from woman + -hood. Meaning "women collectively" is attested from 1520s.

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