pertaining to a woman or girl:
feminine beauty; feminine dress.
having qualities traditionally ascribed to women, as sensitivity or gentleness.
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 of the two genders of French, Spanish, Hebrew, etc., having among its members most nouns referring to females, as well as other nouns, as Latin stella “star,” or German Zeit “time.”.
the feminine gender.
a noun or other element in or marking that gender.
suitable to or characteristic of a woman: a feminine fashion
possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a woman
denoting or belonging to a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some female animate referents
(as noun): German Zeit “time” and Ehe “marriage” are feminines
mid-14c., “of the female sex,” from Old French femenin (12c.) “feminine, female; with feminine qualities, effeminate,” from Latin femininus “feminine” (in the grammatical sense at first), from femina “woman, female,” literally “she who suckles,” from root of felare “to suck, suckle” (see fecund). Sense of “woman-like, proper to or characteristic of women” is recorded from mid-15c.
The interplay of meanings now represented in female, feminine, and effeminate, and the attempt to make them clear and separate, has led to many coinages: feminitude (1878); feminile “feminine” (1640s); feminility “womanliness” (1838); femality (17c., “effeminacy;” 1754 “female nature”). Also feminality (1640s, “quality or state of being female”), from rare adjective feminal (late 14c.), from Old French feminal. And femineity “quality or state of being feminine,” from Latin femineus “of a woman, pertaining to a woman.”
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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 […]
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 […]