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

female, womanish, womanlike, womanly

Antonyms: Adjective

unfeminine, unwomanly

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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

The line is sophisticated, but has a uncontrived spirit that plays on masculine, feminine, and historical references. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Miu Miu's Fall '19 Show Is Almost Here, and You Can Stream It Live," 5 Mar. 2019 With its sculptural padded hips and lengthy train, the Sarah Burton design was an ultra-feminine choice with an editorial update that kept things exciting. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Just Brought 128 Carats Worth of Bling to the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 The Oscars red carpet has quickly morphed into a sea of pink—like an ultra-feminine, ruffled, very pretty mind-meld happened to Hollywood's elite. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "It's a Parade of Pink on the Oscars Red Carpet," 25 Feb. 2019 As Witch Baby explains, frogs are associated with the divine feminine, the moon, mothers, and witches. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 Halloween Beauty Launches for Spooky Makeup and Skin-Care Products," 9 Oct. 2018 The jumpsuits are bringing an entirely new element into Castillo’s own show, which, until now, has showcased her largely feminine aesthetic, and her signature evening wear and bridal gowns. Emily Deciccio, Fox News, "'Project Runway' star's NYFW show will reveal the Blue Man Group's new look," 31 Aug. 2018 On top of that, most of the tutorials and advice out there are created specifically to flatter already-feminine features. refinery29.com, "For Trans Women, "Passing" Isn't Just Cosmetic — It's Survival," 25 May 2018 Kitty Cohen's This retro patio bar is at once rebellious and feminine, serving cocktails and punches in a backyard setting with poolside seating. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Bars in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 When in doubt a simple silhouette with feminine elements never fails. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "5 Chic Outfits that Take the Stress Out of Valentine's Day Dressing," 30 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dress featured floral and bird embroidery on the front and on the sleeves, giving it an elegant feminine vibe. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Queen Letizia's Pretty ASOS Pink Dress Is Only $119 and Still Available to Shop," 28 Nov. 2018 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

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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feminine

adjective

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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