fem·i·nin·i·ty | \ˌfe-mə-ˈni-nə-tē \

Definition of femininity 

1 : the quality or nature of the female sex

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For years, big jewelry and the color pink have been associated with dainty femininity. refinery29.com, "Beyoncé Lets Her Outfits Do The Talking In Everything Is Love's First Video," 17 June 2018 Under the umbrella of femininity, Patience Worth could say things respectable women weren’t allowed to say. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 While both Kaur and Lovelace focus on themes of love, loss, trauma, healing, and femininity, Lovelace's latest work is filled with timely political and cultural references. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Don't Call Them Instagram Poets," 3 May 2018 If strength is a hallmark of masculinity, then Jackson’s insistence on his own immunity to harm is also a feverish attempt at denouncing femininity. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 In the nineteenth century, sports were perceived as a threat to female fertility and femininity. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Title IX Gave Rise to the Dad Fan," 11 June 2018 Her refusal to conform to societal expectations of femininity was a bright light for weird young girls who watched the sitcom. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Roseanne' spinoff: If the Conners have to come back, they can do one thing right," 21 June 2018 The empowered woman showed everything in an act of continuing rebellion against the corseted and covered-up femininity of centuries past. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "The Feminist Future of Modesty," 12 June 2018 Moshfegh, a young and acclaimed writer whose 2015 thriller, Eileen, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, is adept at crafting dark, compelling female characters who violate the rules of femininity. Alexandra Kleeman, Vanities, "This Novel Provides an Empowering, Grotesque Alternative to Leaning In," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of femininity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fem·i·nin·i·ty | \ˌfem-ə-ˈnin-ət-ē \
plural femininities

Medical Definition of femininity 

: the quality or nature of the female sex

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