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femme fatale

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noun femme fa·tale \ˌfem-fə-ˈtal, ˌfam-, -ˈtäl\

Simple Definition of femme fatale

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

Full Definition of femme fatale

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

  1. 1 :  a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations

  2. 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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