Definition of woman of letters in US English:

woman of letters

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  • A female scholar or author.

    • ‘The rebellion was, as all biographers agree, necessary that the woman of letters might emerge.’
    • ‘It's difficult to tell, but perhaps we could have expected a woman of letters, whose name adorns the cover of the 1997 novel Swan, to grasp the Shavian reference.’
    • ‘Already a famous woman of letters who had written A Treatise on the Influence of the Passions on the Happiness of Individuals and Nations, she became his companion for twelve years.’
    • ‘They were literally men and women of letters and the group was tied together, not only by their emotional connections and daily conversations, but also by the writing of journals and letters.’
    • ‘And just as we have noted that Weelkes's text authors were men or women of letters, it is now evident that Weelkes himself was as well.’
    • ‘Fuller was America's first public intellectual woman of letters.’
    • ‘You are obviously a woman of letters, but do you know anything about a car's engine?’
    • ‘Based on the model of Susanna Haswell Rowson, a predecessor of Hentz's as an American woman of letters, the play was entitled De Lara; or, the Moorish Bride: A Tragedy in Five Acts.’
    • ‘Is it then just women of letters, and of a certain income, like Enright and Cusk, who have the luxury of such a complex reaction to motherhood?’
    • ‘‘The literary’ in turn signifies not high modernist art, but rather the ‘writing practices’ of women of letters at the turn of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘The Académie Goncourt, founded under the will of Edmond de Goncourt, is a body of ten men or women of letters which awards an annual money prize for imaginative prose.’
    • ‘She was determined to remake herself as a woman of letters.’