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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fem-uh-nin]
    • /ˈfɛm ə nɪn/
    • /ˈfem.ɪ.nɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fem-uh-nin]
    • /ˈfɛm ə nɪn/

Definitions of feminine word

  • adjective feminine pertaining to a woman or girl: feminine beauty; feminine dress. 1
  • adjective feminine having qualities traditionally ascribed to women, as sensitivity or gentleness. 1
  • adjective feminine effeminate; womanish: a man with a feminine walk. 1
  • adjective feminine belonging to the female sex; female: feminine staff members. 1
  • adjective feminine Grammar. noting or pertaining to that one of the three genders of Latin, Greek, German, etc., or one of the two genders of French, Spanish, Hebrew, etc., having among its members most nouns referring to females, as well as other nouns, as Latin stella “star,” or German Zeit “time.”. 1
  • noun feminine the feminine gender. 1

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Origin of feminine

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French: feminine of feminin < L of fēminīnus, equivalent to fēmin(a) woman (see fetus) + -īnus -ine1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Feminine


feminine popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% 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".

feminine usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for feminine

adj feminine

  • ladylike — like a lady.
  • soft — yielding readily to touch or pressure; easily penetrated, divided, or changed in shape; not hard or stiff: a soft pillow.
  • tender — soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough: a tender steak.
  • womanly — like or befitting a woman; feminine; not masculine or girlish.
  • 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.

adjective feminine

  • womanlike — like a woman; womanly.
  • girlish — of, like, or befitting a girl or girlhood: girlish laughter.

noun feminine

  • balmoral — a laced walking shoe
  • undercoat — a coat or jacket worn under another.
  • kilt — any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.
  • gender — either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated by social and cultural roles and behavior: the feminine gender. Compare sex (def 1).
  • waistcoat — Chiefly British. vest (def 1).

Antonyms for feminine

adj feminine

  • masculine — pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire.
  • rough — having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth: rough, red hands; a rough road.

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