adjective \ˈfē-ˌmāl\

: 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

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

First Known Use of FEMALE

14th century

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity



: 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

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
:  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

Related to FEMALE


Next Word in the Dictionary: female dragon
Previous Word in the Dictionary: FEMA
All Words Near: female

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up female? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More