Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being a woman.
  • noun Femininity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Womanhood; the state of puberty in a woman.
  • noun Womanishness; womanliness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being a woman or of possessing full womanly powers; womanhood; -- correlate of virility.
  • noun Effeminancy; softness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being a woman, the features of woman's nature.
  • noun The coordinate term to virility, in an analogy with the coordinate terms of femininity and masculinity.
  • noun Femininity, specifically the feminine form of an adult woman.
  • noun Attainment of womanhood; (medicine) state of puberty in a female
  • noun A state of womanhood, in contrast to maidenhood.

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

  • noun the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women
  • noun the state of being an adult woman

Etymologies

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

[Latin muliebritās, state of womanhood (in contrast with maidenhood), from muliebris, womanly, from mulier, woman.]

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From Latin muliebritās, from muliēbris ("womanly, feminine"), from mulier ("woman")

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Examples

  • The malison of her muliebrity allows niddering males opportunity for oppugnant vilipend.

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  • Paul, I vaticinate that the mansuetude of your response will bring out the best of my muliebrity.

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  • With mansuetude compossible with my muliebrity, I condemn those niddering, olid morons who, in caliginosity of understanding, vilipend our English by attempting to exuviate words for which they cannot see any present custom.

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  • With mansuetude compossible with my muliebrity, I condemn those niddering, olid morons who, in caliginosity of understanding, vilipend our English by attempting to exuviate words for which they cannot see any present custom.

    A malison on the poor of spirit.

  • Apparently muliebrity means "the condition of being a woman", which is absolutely something that needs its own word.

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  • And having thought upon it a hundred and five times, I know not what else to determine therein, save only that in the devising, hammering, forging, and composing of the woman she hath had a much tenderer regard, and by a great deal more respectful heed to the delightful consortship and sociable delectation of the man, than to the perfection and accomplishment of the individual womanishness or muliebrity.

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  • And having thought upon it a hundred and five times, I know not what else to determine therein, save only that in the devising, hammering, forging, and composing of the woman she hath had a much tenderer regard, and by a great deal more respectful heed to the delightful consortship and sociable delectation of the man, than to the perfection and accomplishment of the individual womanishness or muliebrity.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • There was a little toss in their movement, full of muliebrity.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 62, December, 1862

  • Of this fact there can be no possible doubt; and therefore you shall notice, that, if a fast horse trots before two, one of the twain is apt to be a pretty bit of muliebrity, with shapes to her, and eyes flying about in all directions.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

  • The health of American wives, their muliebrity or womanly power, is sapped in various ways.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 1.

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