adjective \ˈfe-mə-nən\

: of, relating to, or suited to women or girls

grammar in some languages : of or belonging to the class of words (called a gender) that ordinarily includes most of the words referring to females

Full Definition of FEMININE

:  female 1a(1)
:  characteristic of or appropriate or unique to women <feminine beauty> <a feminine perspective>
:  of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to females <a feminine noun>
a :  being an unstressed and usually hypermetric final syllable <a feminine ending>
b of rhyme :  having an unstressed final syllable
c :  having the final chord occurring on a weak beat <music in feminine cadences>
fem·i·nine·ly adverb
fem·i·nine·ness \-nə(n)-nəs\ noun

Examples of FEMININE

  1. The book examines the subject from a feminine perspective.
  2. They've added some feminine touches to the decor.
  3. The feminine form of the Spanish adjective lindo is linda.

Origin of FEMININE

Middle English, from Anglo-French feminin, from Latin femininus, from femina woman; akin to Old English delu nipple, Latin filius son, felix, fetus, & fecundus fruitful, felare to suck, Greek thēlē nipple
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate



grammar in some languages : a word or form of the feminine gender

Full Definition of FEMININE

a :  a noun, pronoun, adjective, or inflectional form or class of the feminine gender
b :  the feminine gender
:  the embodiment or conception of a timeless or idealized feminine nature

Examples of FEMININE

  1. The feminine of the Spanish adjective lindo is linda.

First Known Use of FEMININE

15th century


adjective \ˈfem-ə-nən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FEMININE

: characteristic of or appropriate or peculiar to women


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