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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.
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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
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(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.
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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.

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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"
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2. effeminate, camp (informal), weak, unmanly, effete, womanish, unmasculine men with feminine gestures
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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of women:
2. Having qualities more appropriate to women than to men:
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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
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n (GRAMMAR)féminin m
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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
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1. adjfemminile
the feminine form (Gram) → il femminile
2. n (Gram) → femminile m
in the feminine → al femminile
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(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.
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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
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a. femenino-a; afeminado.
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adj femenino
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References in classic literature ?
[Nouns in themselves are either masculine, feminine, or neuter.
"Only," said he, "it is no longer the sentimental card of the seventeenth century, it is the card of life, very neatly divided into two parts, one feminine, the other masculine; the right hemisphere for woman, the left for man."
Strange as it may appear, it was with the household, the family, that Konstantin Levin was in love, especially with the feminine half of the household.
"That is so--but being feminine, she will probably over-reach herself.
Some have felt that these blundering lives are due to the inconvenient indefiniteness with which the Supreme Power has fashioned the natures of women: if there were one level of feminine incompetence as strict as the ability to count three and no more, the social lot of women might be treated with scientific certitude.
Nor are the women here less practised in the highest feminine arts than their fair superiors in quality and fortune.
Julie saw Boris' indecision, and sometimes the thought occurred to her that she was repulsive to him, but her feminine self-deception immediately supplied her with consolation, and she told herself that he was only shy from love.
For certain it is, that rebels, figured by the giants, and seditious fames and libels, are but brothers and sisters, masculine and feminine. But now, if a man can tame this monster, and bring her to feed at the hand, and govern her, and with her fly other ravening fowl and kill them, it is somewhat worth.
My early habits had gifted me with a feminine sensibility and too exquisite refinement.
Ogg's smiled pleasantly, and did not wonder that Kenn liked to see a fine pair of eyes daily, or that he was inclined to take so lenient a view of the past; the feminine mind, regarded at that period as less powerful, took a more melancholy view of the case.
He was a beautiful creature, almost feminine in the pleasing lines of his figure, and there was a softness and dreaminess in his large eyes which seemed to contradict his well-earned reputation for strife and action.