Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Spinsters or “old maids” collectively.

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

  • noun The state of being a spinster.
  • noun The world or sphere of spinsters.

Etymologies

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spinster +‎ -dom

Examples

  • I'm all harkening back to the dark ages when women wore steel corsets and frilly aprons and high heels to vacumn in and everyone worried about spinsterdom.

    weeme Diary Entry

  • Marital instability, a growing number of female breadwinners, an increase in spinsterdom and domestic conflicts engendered by the humiliations and subservience of most men's work experience, influenced women to be more socially assertive!

    SPEECH BY MR C MABENA: WOMEN CELEBRATING THE DECADE OF FREEDOM ON THE PATH TO TOTAL EMANCIPATION

  • The socialist idealist turns into a prissy schoolteacher heading for embittered spinsterdom; the dreamer and future novelist becomes a hack journalist; the golden boy back from World War I ends up a drunk, and so on.

    Epic Theatre Travels Into Past, Present and Future

  • The socialist idealist turns into a prissy schoolteacher heading for embittered spinsterdom; the dreamer and future novelist becomes a hack journalist; the golden boy back from World War I ends up a drunk, and so on.

    Epic Theatre Travels Into Past, Present and Future

  • Page 7 and Blaines, and gently rejecting one offer after another, until she married at thirty-three - an advanced stage of spinsterdom, then - honest Capt.

    Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life,

  • Thus, a tale, for example, dealing either with "feminism" or "white slavery" as the handiest makeshift of spinsterdom -- or with the divorce habit and plutocratic iniquity in general, or with the probable benefits of converting clergymen to

    The Certain Hour

  • The buxom cook, mistress of the kitchen, the strange newcomer as under-housemaid with her perfect French accent, immaculate sewing, wild imagination and total illiteracy, the repressions of the god-fearing footman and the housemaid, both resigned to service and she doomed to spinsterdom

    The Guardian World News

  • And everyone crowed about difference and spinsterdom and challenges and underdoggism and all that stuff that gives us tinny, buttery hope.

    Gawker

  • And everyone crowed about difference and spinsterdom and challenges and underdoggism and all that stuff that gives us tinny, buttery hope.

    Gawker

  • And everyone crowed about difference and spinsterdom and challenges and underdoggism and all that stuff that gives us tinny, buttery hope.

    Gawker

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