feminism

play
noun fem·i·nism \ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of feminism

  1. 1 :  the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

  2. 2 :  organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests

feminist

play \ˈfe-mə-nist\ noun or adjective

feministic

play \ˌfe-mə-ˈni-stik\ adjective

Recent Examples of feminism from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'feminism'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of feminism

see 1feminine


FEMINISM Defined for English Language Learners

feminism

play
noun

Definition of feminism for English Language Learners

  • : the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

  • : organized activity in support of women's rights and interests


FEMINISM Defined for Kids

feminism

play
noun fem·i·nism \ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of feminism for Students

  1. 1 :  the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities

  2. 2 :  organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests

feminist

\-nist\ noun or adjective

Medical Dictionary

feminism

play
noun fem·i·nism \ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm\

Medical Definition of feminism

  1. :  the presence of female characteristics in males



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up feminism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sad or melancholy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!