Webster 1913 Edition



, fr.
belonging to a woman, fr.
a woman.]
The state of being a woman or of possessing full womanly powers; womanhood; – correlate of
Effeminancy; softness.

Webster 1828 Edition



[from L. muliebris, from mulier, a woman.]
Womanhood; the state of being a woman; a state in females corresponding to virility in man; also, effeminacy; softness.

Definition 2024





muliebrity (plural muliebrities)

  1. The state or quality of being a woman, the features of woman's nature.
    • ca 1693, Thomas Urquhart, Rabelais, page 3:32:270:
      Individual Womanishness or Muliebrity.
    • 1904, H.B. Marriott-Watson, “The American Woman: An Analysis”, in James Knowles, editor, The Nineteenth Century and After, volume 56, page 435:
      This permanence of muliebrity serves to indicate the requirements of natural law.
    • 1996, Joni Arredia, Muliebrity: Qualities of a Woman
  2. The coordinate term to virility, in an analogy with the coordinate terms of femininity and masculinity.
    • 1922, Beckles Willson, England, page 182:
      both principles are necessary to a nation,--that in proportion as the muliebrity of the one sex declines, the virility of the other also lessens
  3. Femininity, specifically the feminine form of an adult woman.
    • 1888, Bret Harte, Phyllis of Sierras, page 2:1:169:
      This tall [] woman [] possessed a refined muliebrity superior to mere liberality of contour.
  4. Attainment of womanhood; (medicine) state of puberty in a female
    • 1997, Julie Haurykiewicz, “From Mules to Muliebrity: Speech and Silence in Their Eyes Were Watching God”, in Southern Literary Journal, volume 29, page 45:
      Janie's story of personal growth may be charted as one that travels from mules to muliebrity.
  5. A state of womanhood, in contrast to maidenhood.
    • 1870, ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr Marghīnānī, Charles Hamilton, Standish Grove Grady, “Divorce”, in The Hedaya, or Guide, 2nd edition, page 127:
      Where she was married as a virgin, she is to be examined [and] if they declare her muliebrity, [] her right to separation [on complaint of her husband's impotence] is defeated


  • ?1592, Thomas Kyd, Soliman and Perseda, page sig. G2v:
    The Ladies of Rhodes ... Haue made their petition to Cupid, to plague you aboue all other, As one preiuditiall to their muliebritie.
  • 1858, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, page 9:
    The second of the ravishing voices ... had so much woman in it,— muliebrity, as well as femineity.
1911, H. G. Wells, New Machiavelli, page 2:2:206:
She was one of those women who are wanting in what is the word? muliebrity.
1959, S. B. Meech, Design in Chaucer's Troilus, page 1:2:25:
In presenting the heroine he stresses, not haughtiness, but muliebrity.


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