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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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. Anuj Somany:

    Being the topper of the university, college, an institution or in any competitive examination for a female is not an achievement of her brilliance because if the women had intelligence, then they would have been doing invention and innovation rather than those being done often by men.

  2. Caster Semenya:

    I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned.

  3. Mike Coffman:

    Young men who don't register for the selective service are still penalized by the U.S. government, we need to get rid of this mean-spirited and outdated system and trust that if the need should arise, Americans -- both male and female -- will answer the call to defend our nation.

  4. Greg Fleming:

    We are very focused on increasing the number of female financial advisers and the number of women in our executive leadership team.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    As I said earlier, and I think you already know, we have hired a female assistant to go on staff and to ask these questions in a respectful and professional way, we want this hearing to be handled very professionally, not a political sideshow like you saw the -- put on by the Democrats when they were questioning Brett Kavanaugh.

Images & Illustrations of female

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