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Definition of "feminine" []

  • Of or relating to women or girls. See Synonyms at female. (adjective)
  • Characterized by or possessing qualities generally attributed to a woman. (adjective)
  • Effeminate; womanish. (adjective)
  • Grammar Designating or belonging to the gender of words or grammatical forms that refer chiefly to females or to things classified as female. (adjective)
  • Grammar The feminine gender. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "feminine" in a sentence
  • "However, meditating on the word feminine spoke to something in me that had remained untouched."
  • "In general culture, references to women often reflect stereotyped versions of femininity with the term feminine."
  • "Among ourselves to-day, men refuse to engage in what they term feminine occupations, not because they do not know how to do them, but because they consider such work beneath their masculine dignity."