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bluestocking

Syllabification: blue·stock·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈblo͞oˌstäkiNG
 
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Definition of bluestocking in English:

noun

often derogatory
An intellectual or literary woman.
Example sentences
  • Are book editors letting the good ones get away and, in the process, limiting their audience to literary bluestockings?
  • The roll-call of celebrated women expanded from the traditional saints, queens, Biblical heroines and aristocratic savantes to include middle-class bluestockings, actresses and other non-elite prodigies.
  • Both parties sign a contract setting out terms on which they insist, and men are presented with a variety of women from nymphomaniacs through bluestockings to homemakers.

Origin

late 17th century: originally used to describe a man wearing blue worsted (instead of formal black silk) stockings; extended to mean 'in informal dress' Later the term denoted a person who attended the literary assemblies held (circa1750) by three London society ladies, where some of the men favored less formal dress. The women who attended became known as blue-stocking ladies or blue-stockingers.

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