\ ˈfem How to pronounce femme (audio) \
variants: or less commonly fem

Definition of femme

2 : a lesbian who is notably or stereotypically feminine in appearance and manner

Examples of femme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In it, local artists explore vogue femme — the Harlem form born in the African-American and Latinx L.G.B.T.Q. community of the 1970s. New York Times, "Film: Tender Mercies in LaBeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’," 1 Nov. 2019 Kylie Jenner was on her way to creating a newer, hyper-femme version of herself with a little army of Kylies to follow. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Beyond Androgyny: Nonbinary Teenage Fashion," 14 Aug. 2019 Miike treats the genre archetypes in play—from one-armed, shotgun-pumping assassins to vengeful, borderline-feral femme fatales—like Jenga blocks, stacking them high then knocking over the pile with an anarchist's punky, devil-may-care spirit. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) on Netflix and in Theaters This Weekend," 27 Sep. 2019 Yola Dia Swedish indie songstress Lykke Li helms the debut of this femme powerhouse fest, presented in partnership with Yola Mezcal. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best Live Music in L.A.: Yola Dia festival, Herbie Hancock and more," 14 Aug. 2019 And this coincides with the history of lesbians butch or femme in terms of our collisions or non-collisions with the law. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019 For her own office, Kathryn went femme, with green and violet inkblot wallpaper by Eskayel. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "A designer creates her dream home. (And it can withstand young kids.)," 25 July 2019 These conversations play out over the big screen courtesy of motion graphics artist Chris Johns, with a medley of headless torso shots and accompanying disclaimers specifying masc, femme, etc. Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sequin in a Blue Room': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 22 July 2019 The likes of Ludovic de Saint Sernin, the terrific young Parisian designer who favors lean leather and femme loucheness, as all things to all people. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Why Departamento is the Coolest Menswear Store in Los Angeles. (And here is how to find it!)," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of femme

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for femme

probably from French femme woman, from Old French feme, from Latin femina

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17 Jan 2020

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“Femme.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femme. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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