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adjective fe·male \ˈfē-ˌmāl\

Simple Definition of female

  • : of or relating to the sex that can produce young or lay eggs

  • : characteristic of girls or women

  • : having members who are all girls or women

Full Definition of female

  1. 1 a (1) :  of, relating to, or being the sex that bears young or produces eggs (2) :  pistillate b (1) :  composed of members of the female sex <the female population> (2) :  characteristic of girls or women <composed for female voices> <a female name>

  2. 2 :  having some quality (as gentleness) associated with the female sex

  3. 3 :  designed with a hollow or groove into which a corresponding male part fits <the female coupling of a hose>

fe·male·ness noun

Examples of female

  1. Most extension cords have a male plug on one end and a female plug on the other.

  2. <female standards of housekeeping imposed by the women at the vacation cottage weren't especially popular with the men>

14th Century

First Known Use of female

14th century

Other Genetics Terms



noun fe·male

Simple Definition of female

  • : a woman or a girl : a female person

  • : an animal that can produce young or lay eggs : a female animal

  • : a plant that can produce seed or fruit : a female plant

Full Definition of female

  1. 1 a :  a female person :  a woman or a girl b :  an individual that bears young or produces large usually immobile gametes (as eggs) that are fertilized by small usually motile gametes of a male

  2. 2 :  a pistillate plant

Examples of female

  1. She attended a school where there were more males than females.

  2. Females of this species weigh 8 to 10 pounds.

Origin of female

Middle English, alteration of femel, femelle, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French femele, from Medieval Latin femella, from Latin, girl, diminutive of femina

First Known Use: 14th century

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February 6, 2016

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