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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Lowood is where Jane learns to perform meekness, restraint, modest femininity. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern heroine. A new ballet shows why.," 27 June 2019 Competing queens have generally gone to outrageous lengths to capture that bizarre and problematic femininity. Rachel Slade, BostonGlobe.com, "RuPaul, I owe you an amen," 13 June 2019 The English cabinet is solid and a bit masculine, whereas the Murano lamp adds a bit of levity and femininity to the entry. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "How to Spot Genuine Murano Glass," 24 May 2019 The New York artist takes tropes of femininity and picks them apart on canvas, reimagining the sensual poses of advertising and imagining the physical embodiments of virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Stark domestic scenes by German painter Lenz Geerk," 13 Sep. 2019 Announced today, Emily penned an essay for Harper’s Bazaar about exploring her femininity and announced it on Instagram, sharing a pic of herself in a black lace bralette with underarm hair clearly visible. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Penned an Essay For "Harper’s Bazaar" on Femininity, Body Hair, and Double Standards," 8 Aug. 2019 Love has taken a conventional symbol of femininity (the beauty queen) and deconstructed it, showing both the beauty and the ugliness of the image. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 For all of fall’s moto boots and leather separates, the season also brings a true dose of femininity in voluminous, heart-stopping tulle gowns. Carla Guler, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 8 Fall Trends to Shop Now," 14 Aug. 2019 The fall collection, designed with fashion and femininity in mind, features sheer floral lace, luxurious silk, sensual satin and animal prints. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Model Martha Hunt hosts Victoria's Secret trunk show at The Galleria in Houston," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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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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