fem·​i·​nist | \ ˈfe-mə-nist How to pronounce feminist (audio) \
plural feminists

Definition of feminist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who supports or engages in feminism Similarly, Saint Thomas's resident nun, Sister Maureen (Ann Dowd), is no girlish cutie: She's an ardent, in-your-face feminist.— Terrence Rafferty He [Stendhal] was a feminist and … he held that to deprive women of education 'deprives society of half its potential for intellectual achievement'.— V. S. Pritchett



Definition of feminist (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, supporting, or compatible with feminism feminist theory the feminist movement The act of speaking is a way women come to power, telling our stories, sharing history, engaging in feminist discussion.— bell hooks [Patricia] Ireland, past president of the National Organization for Women, is perhaps the best-known former Pan Am flight attendant of the '60s; seven years working for the airline helped inspire her feminist activism, which included campaigning for the Equal Rights Amendment.— Sarah Rose

First Known Use of feminist


1887, in the meaning defined above


1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Feminist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminist. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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