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fem•i•nine(ˈfɛm ə nɪn)
Female means 'relating to the sex that can have babies'. You can use female as an adjective to talk about either people or animals.
You can also use female as a noun to talk about animals.
In scientific contexts, female is sometimes used as a noun to refer to women or girls.
People sometimes use female to talk about young women, in order to avoid using 'woman' or 'girl'.
Feminine means 'typical of women, rather than men'.
Don't use 'feminine' to talk about animals.
|Noun||1.||feminine - a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female|
|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"
womanly rough, manly, masculine, butch, Amazonian, virile, mannish, unfeminine, indelicate, unladylike, unwomanly