adjective fem·i·nine \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
FEMININENESS Defined for Kids


adjective fem·i·nine \ˈfe-mə-nən\

Definition of FEMININE for Kids

:  of the female sex
:  characteristic of or relating to women <a feminine style>
Medical Dictionary


adjective fem·i·nine \ˈfem-ə-nən\

Medical Definition of FEMININE

:  female
:  characteristic of or appropriate or peculiar to women


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