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 Meanwhile, trans-exclusionary feminists often criticize trans women for embracing stereotypical femininity. Amia Srinivasan, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 McCartney injected that elevated raunch into the French house that had been long known for flouncy romance and femininity. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 22 Aug. 2021 Instead, the therapist blamed them for their son’s femininity, saying Moriko was emotionally detached and her husband too absent. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 And, contrary to the sexist underpinnings of gymnastics’ emphasis on femininity, Biles has clearly established herself as an athlete who prizes strength and sheer power over more passive, soft movements. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 July 2021 Pink doesn't always signify femininity, nor does blue signify masculinity — and anyone can pierce their ears. Angelina Ruiz, Allure, 22 July 2021 While skorts are popular in fashion right now, some continue to see them as a compromise between comfort and femininity. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 8 July 2021 Arguably since the beginning of time, the ultimate stereotypical symbol of femininity has been long, flowing hair. Devon Abelman, Allure, 31 Aug. 2021 But whereas the cult staple HBO project centred entirely on white womanhood, Run the World grounds itself on the beauty and struggles of being Black femininity in all of its forms. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 25 May 2021

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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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24 Sep 2021

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“Femininity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femininity. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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