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bluestocking (plural bluestockings)
- A scholarly, literary, or cultured woman.
1896, Maurice Walter Keatinge (tr.), The great didactic of John Amos Comenius, London: Adam and Charles Black, translation of Didactica Magna by John Amos Comenius:
- And let none cast in my teeth […] the remark of Hippolytus in Euripides: “I detest a bluestocking. May there never be a woman in my house who knows more than is fitting for a woman to know.”
- 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter IX, The Younger Set:
- “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better. […]”
2001, Allen, Louise Anderson, A Bluestocking in Charleston: The Life and Career of Laura Bragg, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 9781570033704, OL 8695302M:
- Bragg was a Massachusetts-born bluestocking, a New Woman of the Progressive Era who changed not only the cultural face of Charleston but also the nation's approach to museum education.