What does female mean?

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ˈfi meɪlfe·male

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. female(Noun)

    Someone or something of feminine sex or gender.

    Etymology: 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.

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. female(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. femel, femal, F. femelle, fr. L. femella, dim. of femina woman. See Feminine.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. femel, femal, F. femelle, fr. L. femella, dim. of femina woman. See Feminine.]

  3. Female(adj)

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

    Etymology: [OE. femel, femal, F. femelle, fr. L. femella, dim. of femina woman. See Feminine.]

  4. Female(adj)

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

    Etymology: [OE. femel, femal, F. femelle, fr. L. femella, dim. of femina woman. See Feminine.]

  5. Female(adj)

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

    Etymology: [OE. femel, femal, F. femelle, fr. L. femella, dim. of femina woman. See Feminine.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Female

    fē′māl, adj. of the sex that produces young: pertaining to females: (bot.) having a pistil or fruit-bearing organ.—n. one of the female sex, a woman.—ns. Femal′ity, Feminal′ity, the female nature.—adj. Fem′inal.—n. Feminē′ity, the quality of being female.—adj. Fem′inine, pertaining to women: tender: womanly: (gram.) the gender denoting females.—adv. Fem′ininely.—ns. Fem′inineness; Feminin′ity, the nature of the female sex.—Female screw, a screw cut upon the inward surface of a cylindrical hole in wood or metal; Feminine rhyme, a rhyme between words that terminate each in an unaccented syllable. [Fr. femelle—L. femella, dim. of femina, a woman.]

Editors Contribution

  1. female

    An animal or human being that produces ovum at a specific age of maturity and development.

    The female of the family and male of the family are equal.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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Entomology

  1. Female

    designated by "O+" the astronomical sign for Venus: that sex in which the ova are developed. {Scanner's comment: The sign for Venus being an orthogonal cross or plus sign hanging vertically below a circle.}

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

How to pronounce female?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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How to say female in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of female in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of female in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of female in a Sentence

  1. Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner:

    My brain is more female than it is male.

  2. Ian Gilby:

    Nevertheless, recognizing the adaptive value of male-female aggression in chimpanzees may inevitably help us to understand, and hopefully prevent, similar behavior among humans.

  3. Jennifer Lopez:

    I think, you know, the, the whole idea of us being the bad guys and the good guys, being the anti-heroes of the story, you kind of off put a lot of men, you're just not used to seeing it, we are the bad asses, but we're also bad. And that's those complicated type of female characters. It's not something you always get to see. And I think it scared off a lot of people in the beginning.

  4. Allan Willman:

    We both won our age groups for female and male, but overall she just beat me by a hair.

  5. Hayley Atwell:

    Em’s a friend of mine and a mentor, she played my mother when I was quite new to the industry, and so she was a great inspiration to me. I told her I was playing Margaret Schlegel, and like most actresses who know and love great female parts, she was delighted, going, ‘You’re going to have so much fun… It’s such a fulfilling role to play.’.

Images & Illustrations of female

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