femininity

noun
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

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Savage X Fenty, by contrast, was an unapologetic celebration of femininity. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 The article presented outdated views on femininity and beauty but didn't challenge them. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Why This Article Body Shaming Serena Williams Has Twitter Raging," 14 July 2015 The new day-to-night look is a fresh take on classic femininity. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "5 Accessory Trends You'll See Everywhere This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 That’s hard to square with a show that sells what many believe is an outdated and dull version of sexuality and femininity. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 The slightly older Elizabeth is a more tragic figure, but one who has resigned herself to giving up some of her femininity in order to retain her power. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 9 Oscar contenders coming out in December," 3 Dec. 2018 True, over the past half-century ideas about femininity and masculinity have evolved, sometimes for the better. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "Masculinity Isn’t a Sickness," 16 Jan. 2019 For in writing about motherhood, Heti is also writing about femininity and vocation, embodiment and mortality, history and freedom. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "The Art of Parenthood," 13 May 2018 The franchise, especially its older films, has been criticized for promoting outdated notions of femininity and damsel-in-distress narratives in which only a man can save the day. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Beauty and the Backlash: Disney’s Modern Princess Problem," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of femininity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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femininity

noun
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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