fem·​i·​nine | \ ˈfe-mə-nən How to pronounce feminine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce feminine (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for feminine

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Outside of the kitchen, Layne Wegenast, 23, and Greene’s daughter Brynne, 20, pack Layne’s Toyota RAV4 with unopened tents and sleeping bags, flashlights, bags of pet food, feminine products, hand warmers and more. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "Full hands, full hearts: Feed Louisville nourishes the homeless with more than just food," 21 Jan. 2021 Women’s health bills At least three bills have been introduced that could expand Arkansas women's access to birth control, breast milk and feminine hygiene products. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "Bills, issues watch during the 2021 Arkansas General Assembly regular session," 13 Jan. 2021 Products needed include body wash, body lotion/cream, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, toilet paper and laundry soap. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Mastick Road hill open to traffic once again: A Place in the Sun," 12 Jan. 2021 Be prepared for this stressful situation by stashing feminine hygiene products in your bag or car at all times. Noel Cody, Essence, "Period Problems," 22 Dec. 2020 Growing up in Fremont, California, Sameer Jha, 19, was bullied for being feminine. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Sameer Jha is Teaching Educators to Fight Back Against LGBTQ+ Based Bullying," 1 Dec. 2020 Items requested include deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, body soap, body wash, tissues, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent and cleaning products. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 25 Nov. 2020 When the Arizona Legislature was considering a bill that would provide incarcerated women an unlimited supply of feminine hygiene products in 2018, Currier testified at a hearing. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "2 prison supervisors fired, 1 charged with aggravated assault on an Arizona inmate," 21 Nov. 2020 Cassie is feminine and remorseless, and the movie wants viewers to wonder why that particular combination of qualities might be so disconcerting. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Promising Young Woman," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The divine feminine, as it’s been defined in mythology, is about celebrating a woman’s goddess energy and her importance to humanity. Daisy Shaw-ellis, Vogue, "Pamela Love Debuts Her Divine Feminine Collaboration With a Trio of Supermodels," 8 Dec. 2020 In 2018, the duo parted ways, and Cushnie rebranded as a solo act, and in the years since her feminine, yet empowering silhouettes attracted fans in the form of Michelle Obama and Beyoncé. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Carly Cushnie is Shuttering Her Namesake Label After 12 Years," 29 Oct. 2020 What the poet called the eternal feminine spurs on the composer. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Miss the ecstasy and extravagance of Mahler’s Eighth? You’re not alone," 28 Oct. 2020 It must also be noted that Lennon’s personal journey in relation to the feminine is symbolic of a journey that countless American men need to commit to embarking on. Joe Raiola, Star Tribune, "Re-examining a flawed icon, John Lennon," 12 Oct. 2020 Pink, no longer associated solely with the feminine, conjures nurturing feelings. Washington Post, "Pandemic and other 2020 angst getting you down? There’s a color for that.," 17 Sep. 2020 Pair them with a feminine, frilly collar for a look that feels modern. Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, "29 statement earrings under $50 to update your Zoom look," 25 Sep. 2020 With her hair thrown up into an effortless up-do and her custom Giorgio Armani Privé polka dot skirt paired with a black velvet pearl and crystal-embroidered bandeau, the Euphoria star struck the perfect balance between feminine and edgy. PEOPLE.com, "Editors' Picks: The Best Dressed Stars at the 2020 Emmy Awards," 21 Sep. 2020 And is that a new, fresh way to show something else about the feminine? Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Kim Cattrall and Tate Taylor on bringing shock, awe, and sex to religion in Filthy Rich," 14 Sep. 2020

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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

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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The first known use of feminine was in the 14th century

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6 Feb 2021

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“Feminine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminine. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce feminine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce feminine (audio) \

Medical Definition of feminine

1 : female
2 : characteristic of or appropriate or peculiar to women

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