feminine

adjective
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

feminine

noun

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

Adjective

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

Adjective

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.”

Noun

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

With its tweed material and ticket pocket detailing, Paltrow’s Tom Ford blazer and cropped pants came with the hallmarks of a Saville Row creation, but the form-fitting silhouette kept things feminine. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Take the Power Suit Into Couple’s Territory," 5 Dec. 2018 The women lift one another up and celebrate feminine strength. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Prabal Gurung Dreams of Visiting Kenya’s Umoja Village," 29 Aug. 2018 For me, its always about the mix of masculine and feminine—and now more than ever that dialogue is exciting. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Peter Som’s New Collaboration with the Inside Will Help Your Home Overflow with Style," 8 Nov. 2018 She's loved locally for her feminine, versatile ready-to-wear (think day-to-night pieces). Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 The space Alessandra and her team created is clearly feminine in its elegance, in hues of gray-blue and cream, but the feel is indeed icy. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "How Would A Female President Redecorate The Oval Office? Imagining 'House of Cards' Season 6," 2 Nov. 2018 Depending on the occasion, a lovely feminine dress would be perfect for a dinner out, or a blouse and pants is appropriate for a meal at their house. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The Modern Lady's Guide To Meeting His Parents," 17 Feb. 2015 The internet is a place where nonbinary people can learn about mixing masculine and feminine elements to the point of obscuring concrete identification as either. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world," 21 Nov. 2018 With this collection, the Jason Wu brand brings glamorous sensibility paired with their distinctive feminine design style. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Eloquii Is Collaborating With Jason Wu on a Fall 2018 Collection," 24 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dress featured floral and bird embroidery on the front and on the sleeves, giving it an elegant feminine vibe. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Queen Letizia's Pretty ASOS Pink Dress Is Only $119 and Still Available to Shop," 28 Nov. 2018 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

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

History and Etymology for feminine

Adjective and Noun

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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feminine

adjective

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

feminine

noun

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

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

feminine

adjective
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

feminine

adjective
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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