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blue·stock·ing /ˈblo͞oˌstäkiNG/ noun: bluestocking; plural noun: bluestockings; noun: blue-stocking; plural noun: blue-stockings


An intellectual or literary woman. Origin late 17th century: originally used to describe a man wearing blue worsted (instead of formal black silk) stockings; extended to mean ‘in informal dress’.

Later the term denoted a person who attended the literary assemblies held ( c. 1750) by three London society ladies, where some of the men favored less formal dress.

The women who attended became known as blue-stocking ladies or blue-stockingers ___________________________________________________________________________



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