woman of letters

noun phrase

: a woman who is a scholar
: a woman who is an author

Examples of woman of letters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web August Wilhelm entered the employment of the French woman of letters Madame de Staël, and accompanied her on her travels. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of woman of letters was in 1818

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“Woman of letters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woman%20of%20letters. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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