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 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 These are no damsels in distress; these are femmes in control. Jake Smith, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2023 And with Greta Gerwig’s Barbie premiering this week, more women, girls, and femmes are embracing Barbiecore. Mollie Guerrero, refinery29.com, 19 July 2023 Featuring 66 interviews, 47 recipes from interviewees, and five essays honoring culinary matriarchs through the decades, For the Culture is one of the rare books to exclusively highlight Black women and femmes in food, wine, and hospitality. Vanessa Pamela Friedman, Vogue, 8 Aug. 2023 Having a better understanding of these unique experiences and cultural nuances will help you to better support and advocate for the Black women and femmes in your workplace. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 Confusingly, genre movies, especially genres enjoyed by women and femmes of all stripes, tend to be labeled mid by definition. Kaitlyn Greenidge, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2023 Many of the issues that Paul faces are universal experiences among Black working women and femmes around the world. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Femme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femme. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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