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

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.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At a time when the joy of bringing a child into the world has too often been overshadowed by one geopolitical crisis after another, her unbridled feminine power was nothing short of life-affirming. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2022 Surely such frank celebration of feminine libidinal power would have made the average moralizing misogynist apoplectic, which is another reason to admire it. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Lazo’s style is also influenced by their interest in witchcraft and the ways in which women can channel their feminine power. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 30 Oct. 2021 The pantsuit was so chic and had a mix of masculine and feminine energy. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Also, the mullet is an ideal symbol of embracing the masculine and feminine: business (guy) in the front, party (chick) in the back. Allure, 20 Mar. 2022 After years in the spotlight, Ortiz now feels secure in flowing between what are perceived as traditionally masculine and feminine aesthetics. Mercedes Viera, refinery29.com, 17 Mar. 2022 In the body of the letter, avoid using masculine or feminine pronouns (he, she) to refer to individuals whose gender or preferred pronouns are unknown. Nate Hochman, National Review, 9 Mar. 2022 Some are more professional, some very casual, some exceptionally masculine or feminine, and some are kind of a catch-all. Lex Byrd, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amid the mystery, there has been an explosion of Latter-day Saint works about the divine feminine, celebrating her in poetry, song and art. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 His appeal for wisdom was an appeal to the divine feminine. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 Those bodies, especially those that differ from a feminine—and, often, white—ideal, have, for a long time, been castigated as too muscular, too masculine, too threatening. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 This is a powerful study of the Virgin Mary — the textual fragments, icons, and relics that constructed our ideas of her and of the feminine, from the Gospels to today. The Week Staff, The Week, 17 Jan. 2022 In the past, there were cultural boundaries separating feminine and masculine jewelry. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 But each dress bears her unique combination of sweet without saccharine and feminine without fluff. The Week, 26 Feb. 2018 The feminine smocking along the straps and midline of this Claudette dress by Saylor give a romantic feel to this gorgeous midi dress. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The inherent risk of trusting a romantic prospect has long been a feminine (and feminist) pop-cultural concern. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Feminine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminine. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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