\ 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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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 What does that mean for me as someone who doesn't identify as femme, but who is, 9 times out of 10, read as such? Rachel Charlene Lewis, SELF, "Wearing a Bra Feels at Odds With My Queerness," 31 Mar. 2018 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

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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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