femme

noun
\ 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 It’s a fun, harmless movie — a campy, playful homage to femme fatales. New York Times, "Louise Linton Has Made a Movie," 9 Jan. 2021 The action landscape could always use more revenge-seeking femme fatales, and Corberó is the perfect choice to bring the malevolent Baroness to life. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "The 15 Rising Stars Poised to Dominate 2021, From Indie Darlings to Marvel Superheroes," 29 Dec. 2020 Cassie's ability to wield the power of her own stare, turning an on-the-nose experience for women and femme-presenting individuals into a darkly funny reality check. Ilana Kaplan, Marie Claire, "The Pop Queens of 'Promising Young Woman'," 28 Dec. 2020 Some other creators, such as 305 Bruja, a non-binary femme cosplayer, model, and activist, are still growing their following, so haven’t yet hit even four-figures of income a month. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "Can You Get Rich On OnlyFans? It’s Complicated," 16 Dec. 2020 Some other creators, such as 305 Bruja, a non-binary femme cosplayer, model, and activist, are still growing their following, so haven’t yet hit even four-figures of income a month. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "Can You Get Rich On OnlyFans? It’s Complicated," 15 Dec. 2020 This is cinematic noir at its Mickey Spillaniest, with corrupt institutions, amoral politicians, femme fatales and sleazy underworld characters. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "Two graphic novel anthologies that deserve your attention," 23 Nov. 2020 The faux femme and standup comedian will appear as Scrooge Del Rio, who hates Christmas and intends to destroy it. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Yes, you can get into the holiday spirit: Our guide to Christmas entertainment, events and things to do," 20 Nov. 2020 And yet, since the early 1970s, Juan Gabriel, the pop vocal powerhouse and femme icon from Ciudad Juarez, had released a steady string of hit records to adoring audiences on national television. Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Why Luis Zapata’s breakthrough gay Mexican novel demands a new translation," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Femme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femme. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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