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1. Of or relating to women or girls.
2. Characterized by or possessing qualities traditionally attributed to women, such as demureness.
3. Effeminate; womanish.
4. Grammar Relating or belonging to the gender of words or forms that refer chiefly to females or to things grammatically classified as female.
n. Grammar
1. The feminine gender.
2. A word or form belonging to the feminine gender.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina, woman; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

fem′i·nine·ly adv.
fem′i·nine·ness, fem′i·nin′i·ty (-nĭn′ĭ-tē) n.


1. suitable to or characteristic of a woman: a feminine fashion.
2. possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a woman
3. effeminate; womanish
4. (Grammar) grammar
a. 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
b. (as noun): German Zeit 'time' and Ehe 'marriage' are feminines.
[C14: from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina woman]
ˈfemininely adv
ˈfeminineness n


(ˈfɛm ə nɪn)

1. pertaining to or characteristic of women or girls: feminine attire.
2. having qualities or characteristics traditionally ascribed to women, as sensitivity, delicacy, or prettiness.
3. effeminate; womanish.
4. belonging to the female sex; female.
5. of, pertaining to, or being the grammatical gender that has among its members most nouns referring to females, as well as other nouns, as Latin stella “star” or German Zeit “time.”
6. the feminine gender.
7. a word or other form in or marking the feminine gender.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fēminīnus]
fem′i•nine•ly, adv.
syn: See female.


1. 'female'

Female means 'relating to the sex that can have babies'. You can use female as an adjective to talk about either people or animals.

There has been a rise in the number of female employees.
A female toad may lay 20,000 eggs each season.

You can also use female as a noun to talk about animals.

The male fertilizes the female's eggs.
He saw a family of lions – a big male, a beautiful female, and two cubs.

In scientific contexts, female is sometimes used as a noun to refer to women or girls.

The condition affects both males and females.

People sometimes use female to talk about young women, in order to avoid using 'woman' or 'girl'.

He asked if a white female of a certain age had checked into the hotel.
2. 'feminine'

Feminine means 'typical of women, rather than men'.

The bedroom has a light, feminine look.
She is a calm, reasonable and deeply feminine woman.

Don't use 'feminine' to talk about animals.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feminine - a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as femalefeminine - a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female
gender, grammatical gender - a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness
Adj.1.feminine - associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"
female - being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop; "a female heir"; "female holly trees bear the berries"
feminine - of grammatical gender
masculine - associated with men and not with women
2.feminine - of grammatical gender
feminine - associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"
masculine - of grammatical gender
neuter - of grammatical gender; "`it' is the third-person singular neuter pronoun"
3.feminine - befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman; "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"
4.feminine - (music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable; "a feminine ending"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
unstressed - not bearing a stress or accent; "short vowels are unstressed"


2. effeminate, camp (informal), weak, unmanly, effete, womanish, unmasculine men with feminine gestures


1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of women:
2. Having qualities more appropriate to women than to men:
kven-, kvenlegurkvenkyns-, í kvenkynikvenlegur
feministėfeminizmasmoteriškasmoteriškosios giminŗsmoteriškumas
ženski spolženstven
nữ tính


A. ADJfemenino
feminine form (Ling) → forma f femenina
B. N (Ling) → femenino m
in the feminineen femenino


n (GRAMMAR)féminin m


person, clothes, look, perfume, voicefeminin; beauty, role, qualities, natureweiblich; (Anat, Biol) → weiblich; a feminine occupationein Frauenberuf m; feminine wilesweibliche Listen pl; his feminine sideseine weibliche or feminine Seite
(Gram) noun, pronoun, endingweiblich, feminin (spec)
n (Gram) → Femininum nt


1. adjfemminile
the feminine form (Gram) → il femminile
2. n (Gram) → femminile m
in the feminine → al femminile


(ˈfeminin) adjective
1. of a woman. a feminine voice.
2. with all the essential qualities of a woman. She was a very feminine person.
3. in certain languages, of one of usually two or three genders of nouns etc.
ˌfemiˈninity noun
the quality of being feminine. She never used her femininity to win the argument.
ˈfeminism noun
the thought and actions of people who want to make women's (legal, political, social etc) rights equal to those of men.
ˈfeminist noun
a supporter of feminism.


مُؤَنَّث ženský feminin feminin γυναικείος femenino naisellinen féminin ženski femminile 女らしい 여자다운 vrouwelijk feminin kobiecy feminino женский feminin เกี่ยวกับเพศหญิง kadınsı nữ tính 女性的


a. femenino-a; afeminado.


adj femenino
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March, patting the damask tablecloths, with a truly feminine appreciation of their fineness.
The women were both of goodly height, Madame Ratignolle possessing the more feminine and matronly figure.
She was often defeated in her purpose, by encountering their watchful eyes, when it became necessary to feign an alarm she did not feel, and occupy the limb by some gesture of feminine apprehension.
Nevertheless, by some feminine inconsistency, evidently the circumstance did make them think more of HIM, for a minute later, when they had reentered their own room, Christie remarked, "The idea of petting a man by his family name
As regards its interior life, a large, dim looking-glass used to hang in one of the rooms, and was fabled to contain within its depths all the shapes that had ever been reflected there,--the old Colonel himself, and his many descendants, some in the garb of antique babyhood, and others in the bloom of feminine beauty or manly prime, or saddened with the wrinkles of frosty age.
She was ladylike, too, after the manner of the feminine gentility of those days; characterised by a certain state and dignity, rather than by the delicate, evanescent, and indescribable grace which is now recognised as its indication.
And whatever they may reveal of the divine love in the Son, the soft, curled, hermaphroditical Italian pictures, in which his idea has been most successfully embodied; these pictures, so destitute as they are of all brawniness, hint nothing of any power, but the mere negative, feminine one of submission and endurance, which on all hands it is conceded, form the peculiar practical virtues of his teachings.
The most conspicuously situated lady in that massed flower-bed of feminine show and finery inclined her head by way of assent, and then the spokesman of the prisoners delivered himself and his fellows into her hands for free pardon, ransom, captivity, or death, as she in her good pleasure might elect; and this, as he said, he was doing by command of Sir Kay the Senes- chal, whose prisoners they were, he having vanquished them by his single might and prowess in sturdy conflict in the field.
I have shown what a bother it is to decline a good (male) friend; well this is only a third of the work, for there is a variety of new distortions of the adjective to be learned when the object is feminine, and still another when the object is neuter.
He' or `she' might have been glad because they are masculine and feminine, but could `it' have been glad?
Woodhouse having, as usual, tried to persuade his daughter to stay behind with all her children, was obliged to see the whole party set off, and return to his lamentations over the destiny of poor Isabella;which poor Isabella, passing her life with those she doated on, full of their merits, blind to their faults, and always innocently busy, might have been a model of right feminine happiness.
Vanstone's eyes had lost -- and yet there was less interest, less refinement and depth of feeling in her expression: it was gentle and feminine, but clouded by a certain quiet reserve, from which her mother's face was free.