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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Historically, Black womanhood has been inseparable from motherhood, with Black female slaves expected to have children in order to create more slaves, and later relegated to domestic labor that included midwifery and childcare. refinery29.com, "Have Portrayals Of Black Motherhood On Screen Ever Reflected Real Life?," 9 May 2018 Historians attribute much of the focus on gender to the world’s definitive witch-hunting manual the Malleus Maleficarum, or Hammer of Witches, which established a strong link between womanhood and witchcraft. Erin Cassese, Vox, "A political history of the term “witch hunt”," 31 Oct. 2018 Michael Jackson is forever the King of Pop, but this current regime is world-changing in a uniquely modern way that is re-calibrating popular culture and giving a look into Black womanhood on the highest profile stage. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Why Comparing Beyonce to Michael Jackson Shouldn't Shock Anyone Anymore," 20 Apr. 2018 The Gibson Girl was created by Boston artist Charles Gibson and became a sort of feminine ideal of strong, independent womanhood in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Good dental care takes center stage in Avon Lake during Dental Health Month," 12 Feb. 2018 What better opportunity, after all, to don a dress that cuts a figure and revel in the all-around radiance of womanhood than when expecting? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Shows Off a New Baby Bump Confidence in Melbourne," 18 Oct. 2018 The two films are an appropriate combo fort his gang: Bumble is nothing if not woman-centric, and its notions of womanhood intertwine strands of the cute with the noble, the ambitious with the decorous, and the feminine with the feminist. Daphne Beal, Marie Claire, "Whitney Wolfe Herd Has Big Plans for Bumble in 2019," 20 Sep. 2018 In this op-ed, Teen Vogue fashion features editor Jessica Andrews explores the impact of Rihanna's Savage X Fenty lingerie show and its celebration of womanhood. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 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

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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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