femininity

noun

fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty ˌfe-mə-ˈni-nə-tē How to pronounce femininity (audio)
1
: the quality or nature of the female sex : the quality, state, or degree of being feminine or womanly
challenging traditional notions about femininity and masculinity
… the women were visions of powerful femininity.Alan Shipnuck
2
: woman, womankind
… he was now to contrast her sharply with the best of what the Old World had to offer in the matter of femininityTheodore Dreiser

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The women’s tall, athletic builds have yielded insults about their femininity, with a large group of social media users calling them men, and often overlooking their pain. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 12 Jan. 2023 Izogie weaponizes her femininity has bloody results. Vulture, 29 Dec. 2022 My memory of that first time—over six years ago now—echoes that special frisson of noticing your femininity. Isha Marathe, Bon Appétit, 22 Dec. 2022 Strutting into her husband’s office in a luxurious fur coat and lingerie underneath, Irene uses every ounce of her femininity to turn the tides back in her favor. Breanna Bell, Variety, 20 Dec. 2022 People are now beginning to understand that femininity and masculinity are not these caricatures. Town & Country, 19 Dec. 2022 The clothes tell the story in Giula Piersanti’s costume design: Maren’s floaty floral dresses and combat boots showcase her femininity and toughness. cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 That is a long held, but often debated perspective on feminism and- and owning your femininity. Carol Sutton Lewis, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2022 This idea of femininity was played with through the visuals of the campaign. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of femininity was in the 14th century

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“Femininity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femininity. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

femininity

noun
fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty ˌfem-ə-ˈnin-ət-ē How to pronounce femininity (audio)
plural femininities
: the quality or nature of the female sex

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