Definitions for femaleˈfi meɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fe•male*ˈfi meɪl(n.)

  1. a person of the sex whose cell nuclei contain twoXchromosomes and who is normally able to conceive and bear young; a girl or woman.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  2. any organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  3. a plant having a pistil or pistils.

    Category: Botany

  4. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or being a female:

    female organs; a female mammal.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Developmental Biology

  5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a girl or woman; feminine:

    female wisdom.

  6. composed of females:

    a female readership.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. designating or pertaining to a plant or the reproductive structure of a plant that produces or contains elements capable of being fertilized. (of seed plants) pistillate.

    Category: Botany

  8. being or having a recessed part into which a corresponding part fits: a female plug.

    Category: Machinery

    Ref: Compare male (def. 8). 1 8

* Syn: female , feminine , effeminate describe women and girls or whatever is culturally attributed to them. female classifies individuals on the basis of their genetic makeup or their ability to produce offspring in sexual reproduction. It contrasts with male in all uses: her oldest female relative; the female parts of the flower.feminine refers to qualities and behavior deemed especially appropriate to or ideally associated with women and girls. In American and Western European culture, these have traditionally included such features as charm, gentleness, and patience: to dance with feminine grace; a feminine sensitivity to moods.feminine is sometimes used of physical features too: small, feminine hands.effeminate is most often applied derogatorily to men or boys, suggesting that they have traits culturally regarded as appropriate to women and girls rather than to men: an effeminate speaking style. See also woman, womanly.

Origin of female:

1275–1325; ME, var. (by assoc. with male ) of femelle < AF, OF femel(l)e < L fēmella, dim. of fēmina woman (see -elle )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. female(noun)

    an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)

  2. female, female person(adj)

    a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies

  3. female(adj)

    being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop

    "a female heir"; "female holly trees bear the berries"

  4. female, distaff(adj)

    characteristic of or peculiar to a woman

    "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"

  5. female(adj)

    for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls

    "the female lead in the play"; "a female chorus"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. female(adjective)ˈfi meɪl

    relating to the sex that produces eggs

    one male and two female kittens; Both police officers were female.

  2. femaleˈfi meɪl

    (of plants) producing fruit

    ***The male pollinates the female.

  3. female(noun)ˈfi meɪl

    a female person or animal

    Is the turtle a male or female?


  1. female(Noun)

    Someone or something of feminine sex or gender.

  2. female(Adjective)

    Belonging or referring to the sex which is generally characterized as the one associated with the larger gametes (for species which have two sexes and for which this distinction can be made), which in humans and many other species is the sex which produces eggs.

  3. female(Adjective)

    Having an internal socket, as in a connector or pipe fitting.

  4. Origin: From femele, from femella, from femella, diminutive of femina. The English spelling was remodelled under the influence of male, which is not etymologically related. Compare man and woman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Female(noun)

    an individual of the sex which conceives and brings forth young, or (in a wider sense) which has an ovary and produces ova

  2. Female(noun)

    a plant which produces only that kind of reproductive organs which are capable of developing into fruit after impregnation or fertilization; a pistillate plant

  3. Female(adj)

    belonging to the sex which conceives and gives birth to young, or (in a wider sense) which produces ova; not male

  4. Female(adj)

    belonging to an individual of the female sex; characteristic of woman; feminine; as, female tenderness

  5. Female(adj)

    having pistils and no stamens; pistillate; or, in cryptogamous plants, capable of receiving fertilization


  1. Female

    Female is the sex of an organism, or a part of an organism, which produces non-mobile ova. Most female mammals, including female humans, have two X chromosomes.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'female' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1690

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'female' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3409

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'female' in Nouns Frequency: #1094

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'female' in Adjectives Frequency: #220

Translations for female

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a person, animal etc) of the sex that gives birth to children, produces eggs etc

a female blackbird; the female of the species.

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