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fem·i·nine

 (fĕm′ə-nĭn)
adj.
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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femininity

(ˌfɛmɪˈnɪnɪtɪ)
n
1. the quality of being feminine
2. womanhood
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fem•i•nin•i•ty

(ˌfɛm əˈnɪn ɪ ti)

n.
1. the quality of being feminine; womanliness.
2. women collectively.
3. effeminacy.
Sometimes, fe•min•i•ty (fɪˈmɪn ɪ ti)
[1350–1400]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.femininity - the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
womanlike, womanliness - the trait of being womanly; having the characteristics of an adult female
ladylikeness - behavior befitting a lady
maidenliness - behavior befitting a young maiden
girlishness - being characteristic of a girl
effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, unmanliness, womanishness, softness - the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man); "the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy"; "Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness"; "he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him"
masculinity - the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for men
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femininity

noun womanliness, delicacy, softness, womanhood, gentleness, girlishness, feminineness, muliebrity the drudgery behind the ideology of motherhood and femininity
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femininity

noun
1. The quality or condition of being feminine:
3. The quality of being effeminate:
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Translations
أنوثَه
ženskost
femininitetkvindelighed
kvenleiki
dişilikkadınlık

femininity

[ˌfemɪˈnɪnɪtɪ] Nfeminidad f
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femininity

[ˌfɛmɪˈnɪnɪti] nféminité f
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femininity

nWeiblichkeit f
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femininity

[ˌfɛmɪˈnɪnɪtɪ] nfemminilità
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feminine

(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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femininity

n. feminidad;
___ complexcomplejo de ___.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
But the black satin hairbow also is femininity's demure, impersonal, common ornament, and tells no tales.
Some of her belongings were scattered about his room, giving it a delicate air of femininity. The faint odour of her favourite and only perfume gave to her undoubted presence a wonderful sense of reality.
[Looking at it.] A little lacking in femininity, Jane.
The fleeting glimpse that he had had of her in the moonlight as she swung from the back of her plunging pony into the branches of the tree above her had shown him a girl of about the same height as his Meriem; but of a more rounded and developed femininity.
She seemed to carry with her the concentrated essence of femininity. Her quiet movements, the almost noiseless rustling of her clothes, the quaint, undistinguishable perfumes which she used, her soft, even voice, were all things which seemed individual to her.
He found her lying on the great polar-bear skin in their bedroom, half-undressed, for they were dining with the Greens in Wilton Crescent, the ruddy firelight making the diamonds wink and twinkle on her bare arms and in the delicious curve of her breast-- a vision of adorable femininity. He forgave her all.' (Well, this goes from bad to worse, and finally about fifty pages later, Hugh takes a week-end ticket to Swanage and 'has it out with himself on the downs above Corfe.' .
He tried to convince himself that Tarzan was mistaken, and when he conjured upon the screen of recollection the face of the girl behind him, he was doubly reassured that those lines of sweet femininity and character, those clear and honest eyes, could not belong to one of the hated alien race.
Tyler, Jr., I never yet had experienced the almost paralyzing fear for the safety of any other creature which now threw me alternately into a fever of despair and into a cold sweat of apprehension as my mind dwelt upon the fate on one bit of half-savage femininity of whose very existence even I had not dreamed a few short weeks before.
As she passed by him he was acutely conscious of her femininity, though he saw by her face that she was sensual and feeble-minded.
Owing to the shortage of women, many of the men tied bandanna handkerchiefs around their arms in token of femininity and danced with other men.
Exposure to the sun had browned a smooth and velvety skin to a shade which seemed to enhance rather than mar an altogether lovely picture of youthful femininity.
I continue: with such disposition what prevents women--to use the phrase an old boatswain of my acquaintance applied descriptively to his captain--what prevents them from "coming on deck and playing hell with the ship" generally, is that something in them precise and mysterious, acting both as restraint and as inspiration; their femininity in short which they think they can get rid of by trying hard, but can't, and never will.