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 With today's fashion moves towards the romantic and old-world opulence, there's also a pattern of the inverse, in which the environmental backdrop is gritty but the outfit and personal style expression is much more traditionally feminine. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Are You a 'Wallpaper Girl'? The Story Behind Today's Coolest Aesthetic," 30 Apr. 2020 There’s a palpable feeling of inclusiveness, a feminine energy that’s specific to this production. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Let’s get real about parenting: 'Cry It Out’ at Hartford Stage a comedic drama about ‘the fourth trimester’," 24 Oct. 2019 But, as her practice developed, Brigman moved away from depictions of feminine innocence. Sarah Blackwood, The New Yorker, "A Forgotten Twentieth-Century Photographer’s Wild Portraits of Women in Nature," 11 May 2020 Whether intended or not, the protests have made service work’s precarious, feminine face more impossible to ignore, as the virus itself has. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "A Woman’s Worth in a Pandemic," 28 Apr. 2020 Apply a pretty pink for a subtle dose of feminine flair (try 36 Hours in Marrakesh by Backdrop). Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "8 Fresh Front Door Colors to Brighten Up Your Home," 25 Apr. 2020 Propaganda comes from the Latin propagare, meaning to spread or propagate, in its ablative feminine gerundive form. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "A brief and Catholic history of one of the 21st century’s favorite words: propaganda," 17 Apr. 2020 Prior to Givenchy, Keller had been highly acclaimed at Chloé and was credited for bringing a '70s bohemian, feminine flair to the brand. Katie Attardo, Marie Claire, "Claire Waight Keller Steps Down As Creative Director of Givenchy," 10 Apr. 2020 But for all his aversion to bodily transformation, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a very fleshy novel, with narrative elements belying Dodgson’s sensitivity to feminine rhythms. Longreads, "“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female," 27 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instagram is overgrown with images of women loping naked through the woods and giving birth in living rooms, tagged #wildwoman or #witch or #laloba, the Spanish feminine for wolf. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Wild Woman Awakens," 17 Dec. 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. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jon Hamm Attends Mad Men Daughter Kiernan Shipka’s 20th Birthday Bash: ‘Dad Showed Up!’," 11 Nov. 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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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Feminine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminine. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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feminine

adjective
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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

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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