fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty | \ ˌfe-mə-ˈni-nə-tē How to pronounce femininity (audio) \

Definition of femininity

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 femininity— Theodore Dreiser

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Love has taken a conventional symbol of femininity (the beauty queen) and deconstructed it, showing both the beauty and the ugliness of the image. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 For all of fall’s moto boots and leather separates, the season also brings a true dose of femininity in voluminous, heart-stopping tulle gowns. Carla Guler, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 8 Fall Trends to Shop Now," 14 Aug. 2019 The fall collection, designed with fashion and femininity in mind, features sheer floral lace, luxurious silk, sensual satin and animal prints. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Model Martha Hunt hosts Victoria's Secret trunk show at The Galleria in Houston," 13 Aug. 2019 For the art, Ringle curated four works which take a critical look and the image and femininity of Barbie. al, "Go inside ‘Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future,' at the Birmingham Museum of Art," 9 Aug. 2019 The 1962 movie chronicles a pop star who is waiting on the results of a medical test and must confront her own mortality, but digs even deeper into a tale of femininity in French culture. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 8 Aug. 2019 In one scene, she's got on this pin-straight Off-White shirt that’s power in the front and a bit of femininity in the back with a waterfall ruffle. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Little’s Costume Designer Danielle Hollowell On Dressing Marsai Martin," 12 Apr. 2019 Her work was featured on NPR this week, comparing the antebellum dress’s invocations of stereotypical Southern femininity to the diverse set of women who wear them. al.com, "Reckon Women Q&A: Adair Rutledge," 12 July 2019 Because of her over-the-top representation of femininity, Barbie is also camp, which is the subject of the current Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The fashion industry gave Barbie an award. Does she really deserve one?," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of femininity

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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fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty | \ ˌfem-ə-ˈnin-ət-ē How to pronounce femininity (audio) \
plural femininities

Medical Definition of femininity

: the quality or nature of the female sex

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