fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty ˌfe-mə-ˈni-nə-tē How to pronounce femininity (audio)
: 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
: woman, womankind
… he was now to contrast her sharply with the best of what the Old World had to offer in the matter of femininityTheodore Dreiser

Examples of femininity in a Sentence

national costumes that accent masculinity and femininity
Recent Examples on the Web Thong Sandals Thong sandals have been around forever but a pair that are elevated with a kitten heel adds a bit more femininity to any outfit. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 24 May 2024 Not only that, but Aniston’s black shirt gives the standard top and jeans combo both a bit of an edge and touch of femininity, thanks to its color and delicately situated shoulders, respectively. Kayla Blanton, Peoplemag, 22 May 2024 In comparison to the sun’s masculine energy and the moon’s femininity, Mercury is viewed as a neutral force. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 Founded in 1975, the house of Roberto Cavalli was built on pillars of femininity, spiritedness, and leopard print. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for femininity 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of femininity was in the 14th century

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“Femininity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femininity. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty ˌfem-ə-ˈnin-ət-ē How to pronounce femininity (audio)
plural femininities
: the quality or nature of the female sex

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