fem·i·nine | \ ˈfe-mə-nən \

Definition of feminine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 : characteristic of or appropriate or unique to women feminine beauty a feminine perspective

3 : of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to females a feminine noun

4a : being an unstressed and usually additional final syllable after the final complete foot in a line of verse 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



Definition of feminine (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a noun, pronoun, adjective, or inflectional form or class of the feminine gender

b : the feminine gender

2 : the embodiment or conception of a timeless or idealized feminine nature

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Other words from feminine


femininely adverb
feminineness \ˈfe-mə-nə(n)-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for feminine

Synonyms: Adjective

female, womanish, womanlike, womanly

Antonyms: Adjective

unfeminine, unwomanly

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Examples of feminine in a Sentence


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


The feminine of the Spanish adjective “lindo” is “linda.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For all the album’s focus on a softer masculinity, much of Everything Is Love is also driven by Beyoncé casting aside feminine stereotypes. Taylor Hosking, The Atlantic, "Beyonce and Jay-Z’s New Vision of Gender in ‘Apeshit’," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, there's still not a single traditionally feminine thing a boy can do that wouldn't raise eyebrows. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Why girls can be boyish but boys can't be girlish," 12 Apr. 2018 Rejection of all things feminine isn’t born into boys. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "It's Time to Let Boys Be Girly," 3 Mar. 2018 In my experience going to art school and seeing the general art world, there tends to be much more of a focus on European features and European beauty and showing a lot of feminine energy of specifically white bodies. Sophie Cannon, BostonGlobe.com, "Naijah Garrett," 28 June 2018 Maybe the feminine counterpart to the bachelor pad, then, is the singleton sanctuary. Ashley Fetters, Curbed, "Living alone and liking it," 20 June 2018 The packages included items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, hairbrushes and feminine pads. Corlyn Voorhees, OregonLive.com, "Gresham-area students win funds for food pantry, computers in community service competition," 5 June 2018 It, too, bridges the room’s masculine and feminine aspects, being both drapey and hard-edge. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "A 21st-Century Approach to a 19th-Century Townhouse," 29 June 2018 Though somewhat out of date, combat stilettos illustrate the weaponization of the feminine, as opposed to the outright removal of it by ditching the shoes altogether. April Wolfe, chicagotribune.com, "The tortured history of action-film heroines and their high heels ('Jurassic World,' anyone?)," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her navy blue coat took cues from traditional suiting and featured a double breasted, peak-lapel finish, which was a boyish foil to her feminine flared trousers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham’s Rainy Day Uniform is Plucked Straight From Her Fall 2018 Runway Show," 11 Feb. 2018 At the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday (May 7), award-winning actress and musician Hailee Steinfeld walked the red carpet in her usual feminine yet edgy style. Braudie Blais-billie, Billboard, "The Effortless Cool Behind Hailee Steinfeld's MTV Movie & TV Awards Lavender Minidress: Exclusive," 7 May 2017

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First Known Use of feminine


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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


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Phrases Related to feminine

woman's/feminine touch

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English Language Learners Definition of feminine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of feminine (Entry 2 of 2)

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


fem·i·nine | \ ˈfe-mə-nən \

Kids Definition of feminine

1 : of the female sex

2 : characteristic of or relating to women a feminine style


fem·i·nine | \ ˈfem-ə-nən \

Medical Definition of feminine 

1 : female

2 : characteristic of or appropriate or peculiar to women

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