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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fee-meyl]
    • /ˈfi meɪl/
    • /ˈfiːmeɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fee-meyl]
    • /ˈfi meɪl/

Definitions of female word

  • noun female a person bearing two X chromosomes in the cell nuclei and normally having a vagina, a uterus and ovaries, and developing at puberty a relatively rounded body and enlarged breasts, and retaining a beardless face; a girl or woman. 1
  • noun female an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells. 1
  • noun female Botany. a pistillate plant. 1
  • adjective female of, relating to, or being a female animal or plant. 1
  • adjective female of, relating to, or characteristic of a female person; feminine: female suffrage; female charm. 1
  • adjective female composed of females: a female readership. 1

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Origin of female

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English, variant (by association with male) of femelle < Anglo-French, Old French femel(l)e < Latin fēmella, diminutive of fēmina woman (see -elle); in VL developing the sense “female of an animal”

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Female


female popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

female usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for female

noun female

  • girl — a female child, from birth to full growth.
  • mother — parent
  • madam — (often initial capital letter) a polite term of address to a woman, originally used only to a woman of rank or authority: Madam President; May I help you, madam?
  • sister — a female offspring having both parents in common with another offspring; female sibling.
  • daughter — Someone's daughter is their female child.

adjective female

  • feminine — pertaining to a woman or girl: feminine beauty; feminine dress.
  • womanly — like or befitting a woman; feminine; not masculine or girlish.
  • womanlike — like a woman; womanly.
  • ladylike — like a lady.
  • girlish — of, like, or befitting a girl or girlhood: girlish laughter.

Antonyms for female

noun female

  • male — a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of India, consisting of about 2000 islands: British protectorate 1887–1965. 115 sq. mi. (298 sq. km). Capital: Male.
  • man — Unix manual page

adjective female

  • masculine — pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire.

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