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feminine

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adjective fem·i·nine \ ˈfe-mə-nən \

Definition of feminine

1 :female 1a(1)
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
4 a :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

femininely

adverb

feminineness

play \ˈfe-mə-nə(n)-nəs\ noun

Examples of feminine in a Sentence

  1. The book examines the subject from a feminine perspective.

  2. They've added some feminine touches to the decor.

  3. The feminine form of the Spanish adjective lindo is linda.

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Origin and Etymology of feminine

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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feminine

noun

Definition of feminine

1 a :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

Examples of feminine in a Sentence

  1. The feminine of the Spanish adjective lindo is linda.

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Origin and Etymology of feminine



FEMININE Defined for English Language Learners

feminine

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adjective

Definition of feminine for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of feminine for English Language Learners

  • grammar in some languages : a word or form of the feminine gender


FEMININE Defined for Kids

feminine

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adjective fem·i·nine \ ˈfe-mə-nən \

Definition of feminine for Students

1 :of the female sex
2 :characteristic of or relating to women
  • a feminine style

Medical Dictionary

feminine

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adjective fem·i·nine \ ˈfem-ə-nən \

medical Definition of feminine

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


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