\ 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

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Goth represented a kind of glamour that appealed to me, a powerful kind of Morticia Adams glamour that didn’t adhere to traditional forms of femininity… even at its most femme, goth isn’t sweet or precious or meek. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "10 Goths of Color on Their Beauty Routines and the Power of Representation," 22 May 2019 Taylor Hill goes ultra-femme in hot pink, before donning a suit and tie. Carine Roitfeld, Harper's BAZAAR, "The modern bride is a rebel, a romantic, a maverick, a mother–and so much more.," 2 Apr. 2019 The 24- year-old Instagrammer embodies Ariana's trademark ultra long locks and flirty femme style, but what's more, she was also born with those angelic Ari features. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Fashion Blogger Looks JUST Like Ariana Grande and People Are Losing It," 21 Feb. 2019 At the other end of the spectrum, ultra-femme collections nodded at the look, like Simone Rocha's dark wine lipstick and Roksanda's blurred red and apricot adaptations. Vogue, "The Statement Lip Is London’s Street Style Beauty Takeaway," 20 Feb. 2019 While Dior dreamed of femme fleurs, Balmain was perfecting the chic, if staid, jolie madame look, which was conservative, correct, and aimed at a mature woman. Cecil Beaton, Vogue, "Gertrude Stein on Pierre Balmain’s 1945 Couture Debut—Plus, a Look Back at the Designer’s Best Looks in Vogue," 22 Jan. 2019 Wear one this fall with Prada’s neon green, techno-fabric fringe dress or a superpowered, super-femme, and futuristic CEO ensemble from Alexander Wang. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Post-Comic-Con, This Chicago Designer Is Turning Superhero Figurines Into Jewelry," 25 July 2018 The acceptance of body hair on females and femmes has become increasingly widespread over the last few years. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Mom Shares Story of 6-Year-Old Daughter Wanting to Remove Her Body Hair," 1 Oct. 2018 Greater than my fear of this perceived failure was the fear of allowing my validity as a trans femme to be questioned in the name of archetypes born of a social system corrupted by centuries of toxic patriarchy. Trésor Prijs, Teen Vogue, "How My Beard Affects My Gender Identity as a Trans Femme," 1 June 2018

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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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