Definition of womanhood in English:

womanhood

Syllabification: wom·an·hood
Pronunciation: /ˈwo͝omənˌho͝od
 
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noun

  • 1The state or condition of being a woman: she was on the very brink of womanhood
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    • We see Annie Allen grow from childhood to womanhood in an atmosphere conditioned by poverty, racial discrimination, parental expectations, and unhappiness.
    • I have always considered them a frivolity that does nothing to enhance the condition of womanhood.
    • Yet while she recognizes the limiting conditions of constructed womanhood, Brittain refuses to accept them.
  • 1.1The qualities considered to be natural to or characteristic of a woman: Mary was cultivated as an ideal of womanhood
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    • True womanhood emphasized the qualities of piety, purity, maternity, submissiveness, virtue, and domesticity.
    • Is this girl the type and quality of womanhood best suited to this man for a successful life?
    • Also, I think you're assuming that Wittig and other lesbians/feminists want to ‘liberate’ a true, natural womanhood from cultural baggage etc.
  • 1.2Women considered collectively: images of African-American womanhood
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    • These comments reveal the contested space within the very image of modern womanhood in the 1920s: was it ‘wild’ to dance, play bridge and go to the theater?
    • By the time the duo meet years later, however, Kajol has mutated into the quintessential image of traditional womanhood, perpetually clothed in chiffon saris and polite diffidence.
    • This time we play Cupid, and what we behold is a smoother landscape with fewer peaks and valleys, a thoroughly modern image of taut contemporary womanhood.

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