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

Ian Griffiths, Max Mara's creative director, introduced the Fire Coat for the Fall 2012 collection with elements that were both feminine and masculine, a dramatic collar and flattering body that also carries a sharp shoulder and sleeve. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Nancy Pelosi's Red Fire Coat is Officially Available to Buy," 14 Mar. 2019 Wonder Woman’s defining message is that there's strength in being feminine, and hers is tangible. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019 Romeo + Juliet starring Tzuyu (1:00) Just after showcasing a more masculine image, youngest member Tzuyu gets super-feminine as Juliet for her spin on Shakespeare's classic love story. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "Breaking Down the Movie References in TWICE's 'What Is Love?' Video," 12 Apr. 2018 That translates to a vibrant, glittery space: The entrance of her gallery, for instance, is catty-cornered with hyper-feminine pieces and an oversized sculpture of lipstick. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "This Artist's Studio Is Nothing Short Of Sparkling," 2 Aug. 2016 Her work is a delicate yet forceful reinterpretation of symbolic ornaments, intricate decorations, and historic architectural elements cut and pasted into whimsical, feminine silhouettes. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Asli Filinta Is the Name to Know From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Istanbul," 26 Mar. 2019 Mix patterns that do not lean too masculine or feminine. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Design a Gender-Neutral Room That's Anything But Bland," 28 Feb. 2019 Recipients React Not all women feel empowered, and some are afraid to look at or experience their own intimate feminine beauty. Laren Stover, New York Times, "The Selfie That Dares to Go There," 7 July 2018 The result is a lineup full of feminine silhouettes, flirty florals, delicate lace and romantic details, with each look available in sizes 0 to 20 and priced from $138 to $250. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "Gal Meets Glam Blogger's Latest Collection at Nordstrom Has The Most Irresistible Summer Dresses," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dragon of chaos differentiates on the one hand into the feminine, that’s the unknown, and the feminine differentiates further into the negative feminine and the positive feminine. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 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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