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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Much of Simpson’s career has been dedicated to documenting the specificity and breadth of black womanhood, and this collection continues in that vein. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Lorna Simpson Maps the Complex Galaxies of Black Women’s Hair," 10 June 2018 With its collage-like framework, the series wonderfully interrogates the canyons and summits of black womanhood. Wired, "A Black Lady Sketch Show," 2 Aug. 2019 Written by Hart and Jordan Horowitz, the story emerges as a moving testament to the enduring love of family, the quiet resilience of black womanhood and the fate of a world that may depend, in the end, on both. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Critic’s Choice: Julia Hart’s dystopian drama ‘Fast Color’ burns bright," 24 July 2019 Now a 20-something in Paris, Kimiâ contends with modern womanhood in the waiting room of a fertility clinic, subsumed by memories of her childhood, ancestors and Iranian history and politics. Rosa Boshier, Washington Post, "Ten books that explain the complicated nostalgia of being a child of diaspora," 17 June 2019 Five decades ago feminists like Gloria Steinem articulated a new vision of what womanhood in America could look like. Esther Perel, Glamour, "One Crazy Idea to Empower Women? Focus on Men," 12 Dec. 2018 On each episode of the show, which premiered on on May 7, the three women offer an intergenerational approach to a range of topics, many of which are directly related to womanhood. refinery29.com, "Red Table Talk Is The Best Thing To Happen To Facebook," 7 June 2018 Alma Billops conveyed to her daughters that being a mother was an essential part of womanhood. BostonGlobe.com, "Camille Billops, artist who filmed her mother-daughter struggle, dies at 85," 19 June 2019 Alma conveyed to her daughters that being a mother was an essential part of womanhood. New York Times, "Camille Billops, Who Filmed Her Mother-Daughter Struggle, Dies at 85," 9 June 2019

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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 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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