variants or less commonly fem
: a lesbian who is notably or stereotypically feminine in appearance and manner

Examples of femme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although thin people utilized formation garments to perfect their physiques, fat women and femmes faced even more challenges and societal pressures to conform due to their size being deemed undesirable and problematic. Cheyenne M. Davis, Essence, 14 Dec. 2023 This gorgeous collection is a love letter to, and in celebration of, Black women and femmes in food and wine. Vanessa Pamela Friedman, Vogue, 8 Aug. 2023 Beauty salons are staples in the Black community, but the braiding shop is a particular type of pillar that draws in Black women and femmes from across the diaspora to one central location. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 3 Oct. 2023 Looking ahead, Miller has another exciting book project in the works and looks forward to creating more issues of For the Culture mag, establishing deeper connections with her readers, and further illuminating the remarkable narratives of Black women and femmes in the culinary sphere. Lauren Paige Richeson, Essence, 20 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for femme 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of femme was in 1814

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“Femme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femme. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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