\ ˈfem \
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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Naomi Campbell clad in Jean Paul Gaultier channeled a femme-fatale spy, Ashley Graham in Alexander McQueen went sultry and seductive, and Emily Ratajkowski paired hers with chainmail. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell, Ashley Graham, and More of the Best Dressed at the Paris Couture Shows," 6 July 2018 Their catenaries hug the curves in Sheree Hovsepian’s photograms, layered with stretches of arced pantyhose in what might be called femme modernism. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "Abstraction, explained," 31 May 2018 Black women and femmes are rarely afforded the luxury of having that message directed toward us, of being centered in that story. Cameron Glover, Allure, "On Janelle Monáe and the Power of Representation for Queer Black Girls," 21 June 2018 Amouage, Imitation Woman For the last few seasons, the house of Amouage has been focused on light, high-femme florals. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 For too long, fruity beers have been cloying, or overly fruity, or simply gross—the high-femme counterpoint to a pumpkin stout that no one asked for. Marian Bull, GQ, "Why You Need Fruity Beers in Your Cooler This Summer," 2 July 2018 The leather daddies, the truck-driving lesbians, the genderqueers, the femmes; black, latino, Polish, Japanese. David Tamarkin, Bon Appetit, "“I Think We Have a Gay Bar”," 6 June 2018 Her writing about butch-femme romance extends one hand back to the history of punk lesbian publishing (try Lorrie Sprecher’s Sister Safety Pin or the SM classic Coming to Power) and another forward, into the future. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Big, Bad Truth of Michelle Tea," 16 May 2018 Unless femmes are visually or relationally validated by someone else who presents as masculine, they are treated as straight until proven otherwise. refinery29.com, "Why This Dear White People Lesbian Narrative Is So Important," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of femme

1957, 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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