wom·an·hood | \ˈwu̇-mən-ˌhu̇d, 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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Beyoncé and longtime stylist Zerina Akers, who worked on the video, used their sartorial choices to challenge society’s outdated perceptions of a womanhood. refinery29.com, "Beyoncé Lets Her Outfits Do The Talking In Everything Is Love's First Video," 17 June 2018 But this doesn’t have a ton to do with the season’s ideas about womanhood, performance, and navigating spaces built by men (outside of the very surface-level idea of the network itself being a space built by men). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "GLOW season 2 is less than the sum of its parts. But those parts are amazing.," 29 June 2018 Waters is a 79-year-old black woman, an old-school playa whose decades of congressional pedigree haven’t forsaken her radical black womanhood. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Trump and Friends Come for Maxine Waters, a Black Woman Who Doesn’t Give a Damn About Your Calls for Civility," 25 June 2018 In the 19th century, many doctors believed that breast cancer was caused by deviation from appropriate womanhood, from failing to use one’s female reproductive system correctly, which of course meant childbearing and breastfeeding. Sascha Cohen, SELF, "I Felt Like I Deserved My Breast Cancer," 17 May 2018 In Lemonade, Beyoncé sang about the power of Black womanhood amid romantic strife. refinery29.com, "You Are Not Beyoncé. You Do Not Want To Get Paid Only In Equity.," 18 June 2018 Fifteen-year-old Eden is his ideal of meek, housebound womanhood. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Significant Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 10 'The Last Ceremony'," 20 June 2018 Stop punishing women for having normal woman experiences and making them dread womanhood. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "What The New York Times Got Wrong About Female Runners," 13 June 2018 Through it all, Miranda boldly defined womanhood on her own terms. refinery29.com, "Cynthia Nixon On "Being A Miranda" 20 Years After Sex And The City Premiered," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of womanhood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 \

Kids Definition of womanhood

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

2 : womanly characteristics

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