American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman with strong scholarly or literary interests.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wearing blue stockings; specifically, wearing blue or gray worsted stockings, as opposed to those of black silk worn in court or ceremonial dress; hence, not in full dress; in plain dress. Applied to the Little Parliament of 1653.
- Applied to assemblies held in London about 1750 at the houses of Mrs. Montague and other ladies, in which literary conversation and other intellectual enjoyments were substituted for cards and gossip, and which were characterized by a studied plainness of dress on the part of some of the guests. Among these was Mr. Benjamin Stillingfleet, who always wore blue stockings, and in reference to whom, especially, the coterie was called in derision the “Blue-stocking Society” or the “Blue-stocking Club,” and the members, especially the ladies, “blue-stockingers,” “blue-stocking ladies,” and later simply “blue-stockings” or “blues.”
- n. A member of the “Blue-stocking Club,” especially a woman (see above); by extension, any woman with a taste for learning or literature; a literary woman: originally used in derision or contempt, and implying a neglect on the part of such women of their domestic duties or a departure from their “proper sphere”; now hardly used except historically or humorously.
- n. A name of the American avoset, Recurvirostra americana. See avoset.
- n. A scholarly, literary, or cultured woman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. A literary lady; a female pedant.
- n. (Zoöl.) The American avocet (Recurvirostra Americana).
- n. See Bluestocking.
- n. a woman having literary or intellectual interests
- After the Blue Stocking Society, a nickname for a predominantly female literary club of 18th-century London. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mr. Benjamin Stillingfleet was the origin of the term bluestocking!”
“Donna has been a Gentianella I will not have her called a bluestocking for years; and she could tell you astonishing things!”
“AJ, baby, you look up the word bluestocking in the Merriam-Webster and you'll find a picture of me.”
“In English parlance (or at least the parlance of my university generation), my - and it sounds like your - core identity is a 'bluestocking' - female, bookish, determined to make up their own mind, not into power/material things in any competitive way (though we are often surprisingly domestic in selected areas, such as cake baking or crafting or homemaking, and we tend to amass books), fascinated by knowledge for its own sake and driven to find out more and to share what we find with others.”
“The bluestocking is the most odious character in society,' wrote Hazlitt.”
“By the time of Montagu's death in 1800, any female intellectual might be labelled a bluestocking, whether or not she could claim a link to the original circle.”
“Well, if a Gentianella was called a bluestocking commonly, then insisting that the woman in question be named a Gentianella would be insisting that there is little (nothing?) common about her (and by extension, about being a female scientist?)”
“The internet vitriol easily matched that of William Hazlitt two centuries ago, when he wrote: "The bluestocking is the most odious character in society ... she sinks wherever she is placed, like the yolk of an egg, to the bottom, and carries the filth with her.”
“The term "bluestocking" changed in the public mind from a compliment to an insult -- even to this day it is a term of denigration, sadly - though not in my book.”
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