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female

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adjective fe·male \ˈfē-ˌmāl\

Definition of female

  1. 1a (1) :  of, relating to, or being the sex that typically has the capacity to bear young or produce eggs <In a field of milkweed, I watched a female monarch butterfly deposit a single egg on the underside of a leaf. — Tom Tyning> <A few months later, she became the highest paid female performer on the Great White Way. — Susannah McCorkle> (2) :  having or producing only pistils or pistillate flowers <a female holly> <female inflorescences>b :  made up of usually adult members of the female sex :  consisting of females <the female workforce>c :  characteristic of girls, women, or the female sex :  exhibiting femaleness <composed for female voices> <a female name>d :  designed for or typically used by girls or women <a female glove>e :  engaged in or exercised by girls or women <female suffrage>

  2. 2 :  having some quality (such as small size or delicacy of sound) associated with the female sex <female castanets>

  3. 3 :  designed with a hollow or groove into which a corresponding male part fits <the female coupling of a hose>

femaleness

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Examples of female in a sentence

  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>

Did You Know?

In the 14th century, female appeared in English with such spellings as femel, femelle, and female. The word comes from the Latin femella, meaning “young woman, girl,” which in turn is based on femina, meaning “woman.” In English, the similarity in form and sound between the words female and male led people to use only the female spelling. This closeness also led to the belief that female comes from or is somehow related to male. However, apart from the influence of male on the modern spelling of female, there is no link between the origins of the two words.

14th Century

First Known Use of female

14th century

Other Genetics Terms


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female

noun fe·male

Definition of female

  1. 1a :  a female person :  a woman or a girlb :  an individual of the sex that is typically capable of bearing young or producing eggs

  2. 2 :  a pistillate plant

Examples of female in a sentence

  1. She attended a school where there were more males than females.

  2. Females of this species weigh 8 to 10 pounds.

Origin and Etymology 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


FEMALE Defined for English Language Learners

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female

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adjective fe·male \ˈfē-ˌmāl\

Definition of female for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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female

noun fe·male

Definition of female for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FEMALE Defined for Kids

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female

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adjective fe·male \ˈfē-ˌmāl\

Definition of female for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being the sex that bears young or lays eggs

  2. 2 :  having a pistil but no stamens <a female plant>

  3. 3 :  of or characteristic of women or girls


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female

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noun fe·male

Definition of female for Students

  1. 1 :  a woman or a girl

  2. 2 :  a person or animal that can bear young or lay eggs

  3. 3 :  a plant with a pistil but no stamens


Medical Dictionary

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female

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noun fe·male \ˈfē-ˌmāl\

Medical Definition of female

  1. :  an individual that bears young or produces eggs as distinguished from one that produces sperm; especially :  a woman or girl as distinguished from a man or boy


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female

adjective fe·male

Medical Definition of female

  1. :  of, relating to, or being the sex that bears young or produces eggs



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