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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Examples of femininity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like the film’s 11-year-old protagonist, Doucouré was raised by a family of Senegalese immigrants in Paris and grew up struggling to balance between mainstream French culture and her Muslim parents’ more traditional values of femininity. Washington Post, "Facing backlash, Netflix defends ‘Cuties’ as ‘social commentary’ against sexualizing young girls," 11 Sep. 2020 With the beard, Madness tries to break through the boxes of masculinity and femininity. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Meet the flying Dutchwomen of RuPaul's Drag Race Holland season 1," 7 Sep. 2020 How Richard Avedon redefined fashion, glamour, and femininity. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: Fashionable Minds," 23 Aug. 2020 This Flower fusion combines a variety of colors to create a stunning tile mosaic that catches the eye and adds a touch of elegance and femininity to any room in your home. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Wayfair offering up to 65% off on kitchen, bath and storage solutions in home renovation sale," 19 Aug. 2020 In response to the drama, Beyoncé rose above and made Lemonade, a visual album to address the allegations and explored themes of Black femininity and empowerment. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "SeeHer Story Honors the One and Only Beyoncé in Episode 11," 4 Sep. 2020 The politician also brings it back to her culture as Latinas have historically turned to the crimson shade as an embodiment of their confidence and femininity. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reveals Her Full Beauty Routine — & Why It Matters," 24 Aug. 2020 Instead, Caro depicts the rough-and-tumble of Mulan’s training, and her efforts to hide her femininity to prevent being expelled from camp and bringing shame to her family. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Review: Live-action ‘Mulan’ is an epic adaptation with a warrior’s heart," 3 Sep. 2020 At the center of her work are not just women’s lives — but femininity itself. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Elena Ferrante’s New Novel Is a Suspenseful Story About the Sins of Parents," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of femininity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2020

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“Femininity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femininity. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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