a person bearing two X chromosomes in the cell nuclei and normally having a vagina, a uterus and ovaries, and developing at puberty a relatively rounded body and enlarged breasts, and retaining a beardless face; a girl or woman.
an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.
Botany. a pistillate plant.
of, relating to, or being a female animal or plant.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a female person; feminine:
female suffrage; female charm.
composed of females:
a female readership.
designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure that produces or contains elements requiring fertilization.
(of seed plants) pistillate.
Machinery. being or having a recessed part into which a corresponding part fits:
a female plug.
Compare (def 5).
of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
of, relating to, or characteristic of a woman: female charm
for or composed of women or girls: female suffrage, a female choir
(of reproductive organs such as the ovary and carpel) capable of producing female gametes
(of gametes such as the ovum) capable of being fertilized by a male gamete in sexual reproduction
(of flowers) lacking, or having nonfunctional, stamens
having an internal cavity into which a projecting male counterpart can be fitted: a female thread
a female animal or plant
(derogatory) a woman or girl
early 14c., from Old French femelle (12c.) “woman, female,” from Medieval Latin femella “a female,” from Latin femella “young female, girl,” diminutive of femina “woman” (see feminine).
Sense extended in Vulgar Latin from humans to female of other animals. Spelling altered late 14c. on mistaken parallel of male. As an adjective, from early 14c. Reference to sockets, etc., is from 1660s.
female fe·male (fē’māl’)
Of, relating to, or denoting the sex that produces ova or bears young. n.
A member of the sex that produces ova or bears young.
A woman or girl.
In organisms that reproduce sexually, being the gamete that is larger and less motile than the other corresponding gamete (the male gamete) of the same species. The egg cells of higher animals and plants are female gametes.
Possessing or being a structure that produces only female gametes. The ovaries of humans are female reproductive organs. Female flowers possess only carpels and no stamens.
Having the genitalia or other structures typical of a female organism. Worker ants are female but sterile.
Noun A female organism.
pertaining to a woman or girl: feminine beauty; feminine dress. having qualities traditionally ascribed to women, as sensitivity or gentleness. effeminate; womanish: a man with a feminine walk. belonging to the female sex; female: feminine staff members. Grammar. noting or pertaining to that one of the three genders of Latin, Greek, German, etc., or one […]
the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men. (sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women. Older Use, character. Contemporary Examples It means that feminism has gone from something that the right wants to destroy to something it wants to […]
advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. an advocate of such rights. Contemporary Examples Marjorie Wilkes Huntley was a New Age feminist, a widow, and a librarian. Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine Tom Arnold-Forster November 2, 2014 Lisa Simpson, a feminist vegetarian […]
an antiferromagnetic substance.