- The definition of feminine is something or someone showing characteristics traditionally associated with being female.
- Sewing and cooking are examples of hobbies that were traditionally described as feminine hobbies.
- Soft pink dresses are an example of clothes that would be described as feminine clothes.
- Feminine is defined as the female gender.
An example of feminine is the female sex.
- female; of women or girls
- having qualities regarded as characteristic of women and girls, as gentleness, weakness, delicacy, or modesty
- suitable to or characteristic of a woman; womanly
- effeminate; womanish: said of a man
- Gram. designating, of, or belonging to the gender of words denoting, or referring to, females as well as many other words to which no distinction of sex is attributed
- Music designating or of a cadence ending on an unaccented note or chord
- ending with an unstressed syllable, as a line of verse
- designating or of a rhyme in which the rhyming elements have two, or sometimes three, syllables of which only the first is stressed (Ex.: danger, stranger)
Origin of feminineMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin femininus ; from femina, woman
- the feminine gender
- a word or form in this gender
- Of or relating to women or girls.
- Characterized by or possessing qualities traditionally attributed to women, such as demureness.
- Effeminate; womanish.
- Grammar Relating or belonging to the gender of words or forms that refer chiefly to females or to things grammatically classified as female.
- The feminine gender.
- A word or form belonging to the feminine gender.
Origin of feminineMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina, woman; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
- fem′i·nine·ness, fem′i·nin′i·ty
(comparative more feminine, superlative most feminine)
- Of or pertaining to the female gender; womanly.
- Of or pertaining to the female sex; biologically female, not male.
- Belonging to females; typically used by females.
- Mary, Elizabeth, and Edith are feminine names.
- Having the qualities stereotypically associated with women: nurturing, not aggressive.
- (grammar) Of, pertaining or belonging to the female grammatical gender, in languages that have sex-based gender distinctions.
- That which is feminine.
- (grammar) The feminine gender.
- (grammar) A word of the feminine gender.
OriginSee also: féminine