• WordNet 3.6
    • n womanhood the status of a woman
    • n womanhood women as a class "it's an insult to American womanhood","woman is the glory of creation","the fair sex gathered on the veranda"
    • n womanhood the state of being an adult woman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Womanhood The state of being a woman; the distinguishing character or qualities of a woman, or of womankind. "Unspotted faith, and comely womanhood .""Perhaps the smile and the tender tone
      Came out of her pitying womanhood ."
    • Womanhood Women, collectively; womankind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n womanhood Womanly state, character, or qualities; the state of being a woman.
    • n womanhood Women collectively; womankind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Womanhood the state, character, or qualities of a woman
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  • Susie Orbach
    Susie Orbach
    “We know that every woman wants to be thin. Our images of womanhood are almost synonymous with thinness.”
  • Frank Crane
    Frank Crane
    “Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber.”
  • Elizabeth Blackwell
    Elizabeth Blackwell
    “For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wimman, wífman, a compound of wíf, a woman, man, man.


In literature:

Teach a woman to act from an idea, and you destroy her womanhood for ever.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Why may they not be carried into womanhood?
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
In those years in which Helena Langley was growing up from childhood to womanhood, Sir Rupert returned to public life.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
He knew that this new womanhood business was only a phase, don't you know, but upon his word, he was getting tired of it.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
This is the state of black womanhood.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
But as ye grow int' womanhood, ye seem as helpless as ye did then.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
Grace was now growing up into womanhood.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
The highest manhood dwells with the highest womanhood.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
A torch of womanhood, quenched at the highest-burning hour of her career by a sudden and violent death.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
For it was very much to find him chivalrous, hotly sensitive of her beauty and the claims of her womanhood.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
He takes their purity and nobility for granted, as a part of womanhood.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
She was twenty-three now, in the pride and glory of perfect young womanhood, and yet she had no lovers.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
She was growing into a very lovely young womanhood.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
What is to be her situation on arriving at womanhood?
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
In the year that had passed she had blossomed out to a gracious fulfilment of womanhood.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Was she likewise to miss her womanhood?
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Three daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carroll McTavish grew into womanhood.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
Her indications of approaching womanhood were very apparent.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
It made him recognize the sacredness of womanhood.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
It was marvellous work, but how desecrating to her glorious womanhood.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

The early rose of womanhood
Had scarce illumed her angel face,
When 'mongst conspirators she stood —
The bravest in the darkest place.
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
Years passed: through all the land her name
A pleasant household word became
All felt behind the singer stood
A sweet and gracious womanhood.
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Queen of our fate is she, but crowned
With purple hearts-ease for her womanhood.
There is no place so poor where she has stood
But evermore is holy ground.
"Love" by Victor James Daley
She sang alone, ere womanhood had known
The gift of song which fills the air to-day
Tender and sweet, a music all her own
May fitly linger where she knelt to pray.
"Lydia H. Sigourney" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I dare not dwell so near to ecstasy
Lest I grow reckless, seeing the dear, the good,
And so, beseeching for it childishly,
Should spoil its beauty and my womanhood.
"A Farewell" by Mary Webb
Tender as mother, beautiful as wife,
Amidst the throngs of prisoned crime she stood
In modest raiment faultless as her life,
The type of England's worthiest womanhood.
"The Two Elizabeths" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

A Perfect Specimen Of Womanhood.
Baileys unveils global relaunch to 'celebrate modern womanhood '.
Insight into education, careers and womanhood .
How to Pray for Womanhood .
Bound by Belief and Womanhood .
Black womanhood, First Lady Michelle Obama.
In Latin American culture, the celebration of a girl's Quinceañera, or 15th birthday , marks her transition from childhood to young womanhood.
An exhibit of photography from Rania Matar that began as an attempt to understand her own daughter and grew to become an investigation of the transition from adolescence to womanhood.
Common threads run through womanhood.
FLN's Bob talks to Randy Stinson, president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood about the New Look NIV Bible due out in 2011.
Douglas says of today's media images of liberated womanhood: Not so fast, buddy.
Give your skin a healthy glow with our tips for each decade of womanhood.
156 is "American Women/American Womanhood".