Meaning of “bluestocking” in the English Dictionary

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"bluestocking" in British English

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bluestockingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbluːˌstɒk.ɪŋ/ us /ˈbluːˌstɑː.kɪŋ/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • That, we fancy, is why we would rather read him on Catherine Trotter, the precursor of the bluestockings, than on any subject connected with the war. 
  • There are frequent bluestockings, it is true, but they have no influence with the public, and are showing themselves entirely ineffectual in forcing public opinion in this regard. 
  • They were all clever, and well-read, without a tinge of the bluestocking, and most of them were musical to the tips of their slender fingers. 

(Definition of “bluestocking” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)