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

In an interview with In Style, Gwen admits that her look is more feminine than ever before. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "A Timeline of Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton's Relationship," 11 July 2018 Those frequent underestimations have led some women to present themselves to clients in ways that are less conventionally feminine. Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, "The Proof Is in Their Palates," 10 July 2018 The shoe is made out of a soft leather that's even more beautiful in person than online, giving it a sleek, feminine look that's perfect for pairing with dresses and skirts—not just jeans. Rebecca Shinners, Health.com, "These Millennial Pink Sneakers Are So Comfortable, I Haven’t Worn Anything Else This Summer," 9 July 2018 Wake it up with these gorgeous tables and ideas for accessorizing Dark Edge An industrial-style nightstand cuts the sweetness of this soft and feminine bedroom—like throwing a moto jacket over a floral dress. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "11 Ways to Style a Nightstand," 22 Jan. 2018 Unfortunately for her, Debbie is hotter, blonder and more feminine. Judy Berman, New York Times, "What to Remember Before ‘GLOW’ Comes Back for Season 2," 25 June 2018 People born into an East Asian body are, like myself, often expected to fit into a narrow mold — of being intensely feminine, thin, studious, and youthful. Rae Chen, Teen Vogue, "How to Stop Fetishizing My Chinese Identity," 28 June 2018 Serafina, the feminine version of his last name, is dedicated to his three daughters: Sofia, 7, Gabriella, 6, and Ave, 4. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Coffee shops are taking over downtown Phoenix, and they're not all Starbucks," 7 Apr. 2018 This Urban Walls Water and Ink design is feminine, but not too girly. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Ways to Spice up Your Kitchen with Wallpaper," 22 Jan. 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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The first known use of feminine was in the 14th century

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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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