Etymology
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womanhood (n.)
late 14c., "condition of being a woman," also "qualities or characteristics considered natural to a woman," from woman + -hood. Meaning "women collectively" is attested from 1520s.
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priesthood (n.)

"office or character of a priest; priests collectively," Middle English prēsthede, from Old English preosthad; see priest + -hood.

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likelihood (n.)
late 14c., "resemblance, similarity," from likely + -hood. Meaning "probability, state of being like or probable" is from mid-15c.
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monkshood (n.)

also monk's-hood, plant of the genus Aconitum, 1570s, from monk (n.) + hood (n.1). So called for the shape of the flowers.

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knighthood (n.)
Old English cnihthad "the period between childhood and manhood;" see knight (n.) + -hood. Sense of "rank or dignity of a knight" is from c. 1300, and probably is an independent formation.
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sainthood (n.)

"state or condition of being a saint," 1540s, from saint (n.) + -hood. Saintship is attested from c. 1600; saintdom from 1842 (Tennyson).

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childhood (n.)

"state of being a child; period of life from birth to puberty," Old English cildhad; see child + -hood. Similar formation in German Kindheit.

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queenhood (n.)

"state or rank of being a queen," 1850, from queen + -hood. Queendom is from c. 1600 as "country ruled by a queen," 1650s as "state or rank of being a queen."

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ewigkeit (n.)

1877, from German, literally "eternity," from ewig "everlasting" (from PIE root *aiw- "vital force, life; long life, eternity") + -keit word-forming element meaning "state or condition of being" (see -hood).

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sisterhood (n.)
"state of being a sister," late 14c., from sister + -hood. Meaning "a society of sisters" (usually a religious order) is from 1590s; sense of "women having some common characteristic or calling" is from c. 1600.
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