Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or time of being a woman.
  • n. The composite of qualities thought to be appropriate to or representative of women.
  • n. Women considered as a group: "The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood” ( Mary McLeod Bethune).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being a woman.
  • n. All the qualities typical of women.
  • n. Women considered as a group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being a woman; the distinguishing character or qualities of a woman, or of womankind.
  • n. Women, collectively; womankind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Womanly state, character, or qualities; the state of being a woman.
  • n. Women collectively; womankind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. women as a class
  • n. the status of a woman
  • n. the state of being an adult woman

Etymologies

woman +‎ -hood (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not to woman's skillful hands; not to her ready brain; not to the things of her womanhood upon which the world into which she goes alone to labor puts a price has the Master of Life committed this supreme thing; but to her _womanhood_ -- her sex.

    Their Yesterdays

  • Her church and creed might waver and sink, but that undefinable innocence which we call womanhood, would lead her, a Dian, through the fires of hell.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10

  • I wonder if she gets a different kind of magic in exchange for the betrayal of the little ones, or whether a normal womanhood is it for her now.

    Rites of Passage « A Fly in Amber

  • There's also the racist Sharron Angle campaign ad that contrasts scary Hispanic gangsters with pure and innocent white children in much the same way that Bible Belt politicians used to speak of protecting the flower of young Southern womanhood from the "colored."

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Our Historic Stand Against the Bank Cabal's Coalition of Darkness

  • Any woman who falls outside the boundaries of a family pattern of expectation may feel she has failed or that her expression of womanhood is not valued, and when a woman believes she has failed at womanhood itself, she often abandons her root, the place of her failure.

    Wild Feminine

  • Refreshingly, director Lauren Montgomery and writers Gail Simone and Michael Jelenic do not simply toss the Wonder Woman character in a story where her womanhood is irrelevant.

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • But marriage, and particularly motherhood, weigh the heaviest in our definition of womanhood.

    Melanie Notkin: Unnatural Women: Childless in America

  • You can't suck manhood from the dugs of a creature whose only claim to womanhood is her petticoats.

    SIWASH

  • Describing her as "a woman trapped inside a man's body," her barrister, Phillipa Kaufman, said the final step to her achieving full womanhood is gender reassignment surgery -- but she had been told she cannot have it while in a men's prison.

    September 8th, 2009

  • And I'd rather that I already know that my womanhood is not about seduction, by the time I learn to dance.

    Kate Fridkis: Growing up: Girls, Look Sexy Like Miley

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