Definition of distaff:
As a comfort in this situation females employed themselves in domestic occupations, in which that of the distaff had a considerable share, and all might indeed have exercised their private devotions; but that faint picture of heaven, that sweet consolation which is derived from associating with one's friends in public worship, was wholly denied them.- "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
- "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
- "The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys", Richard Harding Davis.