AskDefine | Define bluestocking

Dictionary Definition

bluestocking n : a woman having literary or intellectual interests [syn: bas bleu]

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English

Noun

  1. A scholarly, literary, or cultured woman.
    quotations:
    • "The artist who created strong, passionate, brilliant heroines turns out to have disapproved of bluestockings and refused to educate his own intelligent daughters." — New York Times, October 5, 2003

Extensive Definition

Bluestocking is a disparaging term, no longer in common use, for an educated, intellectual woman. 'Bluestocking' may also refer to:
bluestocking in German: Blaustrumpf
bluestocking in Finnish: Sinisukka
bluestocking in French: Bas-bleu
bluestocking in Hungarian: Kékharisnya
bluestocking in Polish: Bluestocking
bluestocking in Swedish: Blåstrumpa

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bibliophagic, book-fed, book-learned, book-loving, book-minded, book-read, book-wise, bookish, booky, donnish, formalist, inkhorn, literary, pedant, pedantic, precieuse, precieux, precisian, precisionist, purist, scholastic
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