feminine

adjective
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

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 How to pronounce feminineness (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 Its visual impact comes from unexpected combinations: hard/soft; light/dark; masculine/feminine. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Did a 1991 Vogue Shoot Just Come to Life at the Super Bowl?," 3 Feb. 2020 The statuettes, mainly of women, fit in with the ideals of feminine beauty and fashion of the Belle Epoque. National Geographic, "These lovely little statues enchanted ancient Greece," 29 Jan. 2020 Earlier this season, it was brought to our attention that the 25-year-old singer-songwriter was sporting the feminine jewelry option during the press tour for his new album Fine Line. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Thanks To The Harry Styles Effect, Pearl Necklaces Are Everywhere," 28 Jan. 2020 Another rosy paint that Studholme thinks is well-named was inspired by the soft, feminine shade found in traditional ladies’ private quarters. Boston.com Real Estate, "‘Calamine’ or ‘Dead Salmon’: What’s behind paint names," 24 Jan. 2020 This feminine v-neck for a no-fuss outfit No girl can have enough wearable tees in her wardrobe. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "22 of our favorite finds from Anthropologie's MLK Day sale," 18 Jan. 2020 In this new study, published Tuesday in the Royal Society Open Science journal, very masculine faces and those with beards were rated more attractive than feminine-looking male faces or clean-shaven faces. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bearded men are more attractive to women, study says, unless they're squeamish about hair-borne bugs," 14 Jan. 2020 The dresses feature high quality fabrics, careful construction and feminine details that are vintage-inspired. Kelly Zive, Cincinnati.com, "Paris Bloom donates 50 new work-appropriate dresses to Dress For Success Cincinnati," 10 Jan. 2020 My husband is a small man with feminine features and a shy demeanor. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Husband’s bullying of young son leads wife to consider leaving," 24 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Hamm Attends Mad Men Daughter Kiernan Shipka’s 20th Birthday Bash: ‘Dad Showed Up!’," 11 Nov. 2019 They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Hamm Attends Mad Men Daughter Kiernan Shipka’s 20th Birthday Bash: ‘Dad Showed Up!’," 11 Nov. 2019 They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Hamm Attends Mad Men Daughter Kiernan Shipka’s 20th Birthday Bash: ‘Dad Showed Up!’," 11 Nov. 2019 They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Hamm Attends Mad Men Daughter Kiernan Shipka’s 20th Birthday Bash: ‘Dad Showed Up!’," 11 Nov. 2019 They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Hamm Attends Mad Men Daughter Kiernan Shipka’s 20th Birthday Bash: ‘Dad Showed Up!’," 11 Nov. 2019 They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Hamm Attends Mad Men Daughter Kiernan Shipka’s 20th Birthday Bash: ‘Dad Showed Up!’," 11 Nov. 2019 They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Hamm Attends Mad Men Daughter Kiernan Shipka’s 20th Birthday Bash: ‘Dad Showed Up!’," 11 Nov. 2019 They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "January Jones and Kiernan Shipka Have a Mad Men Reunion Modeling for Rodarte's Spring Campaign," 4 Sep. 2019

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

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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Feminine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminine. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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feminine

adjective
How to pronounce feminine (audio)

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 How to pronounce feminine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce feminine (audio) \

Medical Definition of feminine

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

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