Femme meaning

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(informal) A woman or girl.
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A woman or wife.
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A person, esp. a lesbian, who dresses and behaves in a way regarded as traditionally feminine or effeminate.
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(slang) A person, especially a lesbian or a gay man, who exhibits stereotypical feminine traits, often in an exaggerated way.
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The definition of a femme is a woman or wife, or a lesbian who acts in a very feminine role, or a gay man who takes on a feminine role.

A very girly lesbian who wears lots of pink lipstick and who might be called a "lipstick lesbian" is an example of a femme.

A gay man who talks in a high girly voice and makes lots of girly hand gestures is an example of a femme.

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(archaic, rare) A woman, a wife, particularly in heraldry.
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(slang, LGBT) A feminine lesbian, especially one who is attracted to masculine (butch) lesbians.
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Origin of femme

  • French from Old French from Latin fēmina feminine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Used in Middle English, from Old French fame et al. The modern spelling is under the influence of Middle and Modern French femme.

    From Wiktionary