What does female mean?

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ˈfi meɪlfe·male

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. femalenoun

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

  2. female, female personadjective

    a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies

  3. femaleadjective

    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, distaffadjective

    characteristic of or peculiar to a woman

    "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"

  5. femaleadjective

    for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls

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


  1. femalenoun

    Someone or something of feminine sex or gender.

  2. femaleadjective

    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. femaleadjective

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

  4. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Femaleadjective

    If by a female hand he had foreseen
    He was to die, his wish had rather been
    The lance and double ax of the fair warrior queen. Dryd.

    Th’ excess of heat is but a fable;
    We know the torrid zone is now found habitable. Abraham Cowley.

    The female rhymes are in use with the Italian in every line, with the Spaniard promiscuously, and with the French alternately, as appears from the Alarique, the Pucelle, or any of their later poems. John Dryden, Ann Mirab. Preface to.

  2. FEMALEnoun

    A she; one of the sex which brings young.

    Etymology: femalle, French; femella, Latin.

    God created man in his own image, male and female created he them. Gen. i. 27.

    Man, more divine,
    Lord of the wide world, and wide wat’ry seas,
    Indu’d with intellectual sense and soul,
    Are masters to their females, and their lords. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Femalenoun

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

  2. Femalenoun

    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. Femaleadjective

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

  4. Femaleadjective

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

  5. Femaleadjective

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

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


  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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  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.}

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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

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  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. World Athletics:

    Black female athletes are not marginalised in athletics, they are in the mainstream.

  2. Muffet McGraw:

    I'm getting tired of the novelty of the first female governor of this state, the first female African American mayor of this city, when is it going to become the norm instead of the exception ? How are these young women looking up and seeing someone that looks like them, preparing them for the future ? We don't have enough female role models. We don't have enough visible women leaders. We don't have enough women in power.

  3. Sarah Thomas:

    The guys don't think of me as a female. They see me as just another official.

  4. Bill Miller:

    This theory accepts that the Darwinism that is fundamentally based on entire organisms in competition with each other is incomplete, the real narrative that really counts is unseen to our eyes. You have two moose locking horns over a female. It seems like that is the full depiction of the story of evolution, right there. It’s really just a side show. The real narrative is immunology, the cellular dynamics within the organisms, the collaborative relationships between all of our cells. These cells have their own cognitive capacity, with the linkages and partnerships between microbes.

  5. 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.

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