Femme-fatale definition

fĕm fə-tăl, -täl, făm
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The definition of a femme fatale is a woman who seduces men and often leads them into dangerous or bad situations.

An example of a femme fatale is a woman who pretends to be interested in a man, leads him home and then tortures him.

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An alluring and seductive woman, especially one who leads men into compromising and dangerous situations.
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An alluring woman, esp. one who leads men to their downfall or ruin.
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An attractive and seductive but ultimately dangerous woman.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
femme-fatale
Plural:
femme fatales

Origin of femme-fatale

  • Fr, lit., deadly woman

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • French femme woman fatale deadly

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

  • Borrowing from French femme fatale (literally “deadly woman”).

    From Wiktionary