What does bluestocking mean?

bluestocking meaning in General Dictionary

A literary woman a lady pedant

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  • a female having literary or intellectual interests
  • A literary lady; a lady pedant.
  • The US avocet (Recurvirostra Americana).

bluestocking meaning in Etymology Dictionary

also blue-stocking, 1790, derisive word for a female considered also discovered, traces to a London literary beauty salon founded c.1750 by Elizabeth Montagu on Parisian model, featuring intellectual conversation in place of card games, plus host to ostentatious night attire, easy gown, including Benjamin Stillingfleet's blue-gray tradesman's hose that he wore as opposed to gentleman's black colored silk, hence the term, very first applied in derision towards whole set by Admiral Boscawen. Not one for the females wore blue stockings. Borrowed by the neighbors in loan-translations, including French bas-bleu, Dutch blauwkous, German Blaustrumpf.


bluestocking meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A literary lady; a lady pedant.

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  • (n.) The United States avocet (Recurvirostra Americana).