A woman with strong scholarly or literary interests.
A learned, bookish, or pedantic woman.
A scholarly, literary, or cultured woman.
Origin of bluestocking
- After the Blue Stocking Society, a nickname for a predominantly female literary club of 18th-century London (probably so called after the blue worsted stockings commonly worn as part of informal dress at the time)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition