A human female.
- The definition of female is something related to the sex that produces an egg and that can bear children, or the part of a machine, tool or fitting that is hollow so that the male end of the tool can be inserted.
- Dresses are an example of something that would be described as female clothing.
- The threaded opening that the protruding male end of a hose sticks into is an example of the female end of the hose.
- A female is defined as a person of the sex that produces eggs and can bear young.
Julia Roberts is an example of a female.
- designating or of the sex that produces ova and bears offspring: biological symbol, ♀
- of, characteristic of, or suitable to members of this sex; feminine
- consisting of women or girls
- designating or having a hollow part shaped to receive a corresponding inserted part (called male): said of pipe fittings, electric sockets, etc.
- having pistils, archegonia, or oogonia and no stamens or antheridia
- designating or of a reproductive structure or part containing large gametes (eggs) that can be fertilized by smaller, motile gametes (sperms)
- designating or of any structure or part that produces fruit after it is fertilized
Origin of femaleMiddle English altered after male ; from femelle ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin femella, diminutive of femina, a woman ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhē-, to suck, suckle from source Classical Latin felare, to suck, filius, son, fetus, progeny, Classical Greek thēlazein, to suckle, thele, nipple
- a female person; woman or girl
- a female animal or plant
- a. Of or denoting the sex that produces ova or bears young.b. Characteristic of or appropriate to this sex in humans and other animals: female hormones; female fashions.c. Consisting of members of this sex. See Usage Note at lady.
- Of or denoting the gamete that is larger and less motile than the other corresponding gamete. Used of anisogamous organisms.
- Botany a. Designating an organ, such as a pistil or ovary, that functions in producing seeds after fertilization.b. Bearing pistils but not stamens; pistillate: female flowers.
- Designed to receive or fit around a complementary male part, as a slot or receptacle: the female end of an extension cord.
- A female organism.
- A woman or girl.
Origin of femaleMiddle English, alteration (influenced by male, male) of femelle, from Old French, from Latin fēmella, diminutive of fēmina, woman; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
- Belonging to the sex which typically produces eggs, which in humans and most other mammals is typically the one which has XX chromosomes; belonging to the sex which has larger gametes (for species which have two sexes and for which this distinction can be made).
- Belonging to the feminine (social) gender; identifying one's gender as feminine (see gender identity).
- (grammar, less common than 'feminine') Feminine; of the feminine grammatical gender.
- (figuratively) Having an internal socket, as in a connector or pipe fitting.