femme fatale


femme fa·tale

noun \ˌfem-fə-ˈtal, ˌfam-, -ˈtäl\

: a very attractive woman who causes trouble or unhappiness for the men who become involved with her

plural femmes fa·tales \-ˈtal(z), -ˈtäl(z)\

Full Definition of FEMME FATALE

1
:  a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations
2
:  a woman who attracts men by an aura of charm and mystery

Examples of FEMME FATALE

  1. <an actress who was often cast as cynical, sexy femmes fatales>

Origin of FEMME FATALE

French, literally, disastrous woman
First Known Use: 1912

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