femme fatale

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noun femme fa·tale \ˌfem-fə-ˈtal, ˌfam-, -ˈtäl\

Definition of femme fatale

plural

femmes fatales

play \ˌfem-fə-ˈtal(z), ˌfam-, -ˈtäl(z)\
  1. 1 :  a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations

  2. 2 :  a woman who attracts men by an aura of charm and mystery

Examples of femme fatale in a Sentence

  1. an actress who was often cast as cynical, sexy femmes fatales

Origin and Etymology of femme fatale

French, literally, disastrous woman


First Known Use: 1912


FEMME FATALE Defined for English Language Learners

femme fatale

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noun femme fa·tale \ˌfem-fə-ˈtal, ˌfam-, -ˈtäl\

Definition of femme fatale for English Language Learners

  • : a very attractive woman who causes trouble or unhappiness for the men who become involved with her



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