bluestocking

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bluestocking a woman having literary or intellectual interests
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bluestocking A literary lady; a female pedant.
    • Bluestocking (Zoöl) The American avocet (Recurvirostra Americana).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bluestocking Wearing blue stockings; specifically, wearing blue or gray worsted stockings, as opposed to those of black silk worn in court or ceremonial dress; hence, not in full dress; in plain dress. Applied to the Little Parliament of 1653.
    • bluestocking Applied to assemblies held in London about 1750 at the houses of Mrs. Montague and other ladies, in which literary conversation and other intellectual enjoyments were substituted for cards and gossip, and which were characterized by a studied plainness of dress on the part of some of the guests. Among these was Mr. Benjamin Stillingfleet, who always wore blue stockings, and in reference to whom, especially, the coterie was called in derision the “Blue-stocking Society” or the “Blue-stocking Club,” and the members, especially the ladies, “blue-stockingers,” “blue-stocking ladies,” and later simply “blue-stockings” or “blues.”
    • n bluestocking A member of the “Blue-stocking Club,” especially a woman (see above); by extension, any woman with a taste for learning or literature; a literary woman: originally used in derision or contempt, and implying a neglect on the part of such women of their domestic duties or a departure from their “proper sphere”; now hardly used except historically or humorously.
    • n bluestocking A name of the American avoset, Recurvirostra americana. See avoset.
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Idioms

Bluestocking - An intellectual woman is a bluestocking.
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Usage

In literature:

Don't marry a Jewess or a bluestocking or a woman who is queer in any way.
"Ivanoff A Play" by Anton Checkov
But they speak like children, when first out of their convents; and, after all, this is better than an English bluestocking.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 474" by Various
The nineteenth century bluestocking with twentieth century trimmings.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
All real bluestockings are ugly and emaciated.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
I am not going to caricature a bluestocking, but to point out one or two real dangers.
"Three Addresses to Girls at School" by James Maurice Wilson
Worthy of the Bluestocking herself!
"Modern marriage and how to bear it" by Maud Churton Braby
It made her a free-thinker and a bluestocking.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
Boys dislike bluestockings; and you're much too charming to wear them anyway.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
Yet the Jabberwocks were by no means bluestockings (a class of persons which Joan held in some dread).
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
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In news:

Kay 'I'm not a bluestocking ' Peaslee.
It is not the perception of Hillary Clinton as a " bluestocking " that concerns women (The Way We Live Now: Judith Shulevitz, Sept 10).
Kay 'I'm not a bluestocking' Peaslee.
Bluestockings Bookstore 172 Allen St, nr.
Americans used to ask advice from bluestockings named Prudence .
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