wom·​an·​li·​ness | \ ˈwu̇-mən-lē-nəs How to pronounce womanliness (audio) \

Definition of womanliness

: the quality or state of being womanly (as in having qualities such as beauty or gentleness that are traditionally associated with a woman) After decades of defining ideal womanliness based on humility and positivity, it's no wonder we're thrown off by one who stands up and says, I'm angry, I was wronged, and I deserve to be here.— Monica Hesse Other houses flirted with relaxed interpretations of womanliness—fluid skirts and feminine knits at Hermes, for instance.The Windsor (Ontario) Star

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1538, in the meaning defined above

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“Womanliness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womanliness. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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