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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web White Echo—all offer a sideways, darkly fantastical take on womanhood and female friendship. Liam Hess, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 One wonders, then, about future productions that might further develop the play’s articulations of Black womanhood with the inclusion of experiences of trans mothers, daughters and sisters. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Apr. 2022 Both Black and Latina women have been historically (again, to different degrees) marginalized in this country, and left out of the mainstream idea of womanhood. Thalía Henao, Allure, 3 May 2022 The demonization of womanhood has severe consequences. Brooklyn White, Essence, 29 Apr. 2022 Throughout the book, Faderman is attentive to issues of race and class, noting that dominant notions of womanhood oppressed different women in different ways. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2022 And in a novel that is steeped in the stew and issues of womanhood, Perkins-Valdez manages to get even the male characters on point. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, female Afrobeats artists like Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Goldie Harvey and Seyi Shay have all used fashion as a direct tool to dismantle conservative ideas of womanhood in the country. Nelson C.j, Billboard, 12 Apr. 2022 Dufilho recalls trying to attain this biblical standard of womanhood. Brianna Griff, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of womanhood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Womanhood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womanhood. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for womanhood


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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