wom·​an·​hood | \ ˈwu̇-mən-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce womanhood (audio) , especially Southern ˈwō- or ˈwə-\

Definition of womanhood

1a : the state of being a woman
b : the distinguishing character or qualities of a woman or of womankind

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Examples of womanhood in a Sentence

a young girl on the verge of womanhood What is your view of womanhood? The book is a celebration of womanhood.
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The Philly natives want to reclaim black womanhood by teaching black girls about their culture through writing, reading, literature and cooking. Ray Boyd, https://www.inquirer.com, "‘Big Marijuana’ sets sights on Pennsylvania; Philly food program saves school lunches | Morning Newsletter," 4 June 2019 Morgan Parker Parker, a Pushcart Prize-winning poet and essayist, explores depictions of black womanhood alongside personal narratives in her work. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 For me, my courage, bravery, and strength help define my womanhood. Sara Altschule, SELF, "8 Things Not to Say to Someone After a Mastectomy," 3 Dec. 2018 In this series of paintings, Longevial explores visions of femininity and womanhood by zeroing in on the facial expressions of women. Mary Dellas, The Cut, "The Instagram-Famous Painter Exploring Femininity Through Facial Expressions," 19 Mar. 2018 Being on the world stage as an openly transgender woman in a role that’s traditionally been held up as the the ultimate embodiment of womanhood is damn impressive (and overdue). Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Miss Universe Is Making History with the Pageant's First Openly Trans Contestant," 15 Dec. 2018 Read on for her thoughts on letting the moment guide her art, not allowing fixations on her queerness, blackness, or womanhood to overshadow her music, and the feeling that followed the release of Free Form. Alexa Eschert, Teen Vogue, "Dizzy Fae Opens Up About a Year in the Spotlight," 29 Nov. 2018 Of course, womanhood is not defined by fertility or pregnancy. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "In an Emotional Video, Gigi Gorgeous Explains the Challenges of Wanting to Start a Family as a Trans Woman," 29 Aug. 2018 Often, Lee’s idea of progressive womanhood is any gal who’s as openly horny as a dude. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The BlacKkKlansman team previously made the daring Chi-Raq, now streaming on Amazon," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of womanhood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of womanhood was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of womanhood

: the state or condition of being an adult woman and no longer a girl
: women in general


wom·​an·​hood | \ ˈwu̇-mən-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce womanhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of womanhood

1 : the state of being a woman She has grown to womanhood.
2 : womanly characteristics

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