What does feminine mean?

Definitions for feminine
ˈfɛm ə nɪnfem·i·nine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. feminineadjective

    a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female

  2. feminineadjective

    associated with women and not with men

    "feminine intuition"

  3. feminineadjective

    of grammatical gender

  4. womanly, feminineadjective

    befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman

    "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"

  5. feminineadjective

    (music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable

    "a feminine ending"


  1. femininenoun

    The female principle

  2. femininenoun

    A woman.

    They guide the feminines toward the palace Richard Hakluyt

  3. femininenoun

    Any one of those words which are the appellations of females, or which have the terminations usually found in such words; as, actress, songstress, abbess, executrix.

    There are but few true feminines in English Latham

  4. feminineadverb

    Of or pertaining to woman.

  5. feminineadverb

    Having the qualities of a woman.

  6. feminineadjective

    Of the female sex; biologically female, not male, womanly.

  7. feminineadjective

    Belonging to females; appropriated to, or used by, females.

    Mary, Elizabeth, and Edith are feminine names.

  8. feminineadjective

    Having the qualities associated with a woman or the female gender; suitable to, or characteristic of, a woman; nurturing; not masculine or aggressive.

  9. feminineadjective

    Grammatical gender distinction in languages that describes nouns including those pertaining to females and objects that are assigned the feminine gender.

  10. Etymology: From féminin, from femininus, from femina, from dʰeh₁-m̥n-eh₂. Related to fetus, feminism, filial, fellatio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Feminineadjective

    Etymology: fæmininus, Latin.

    Thus we chastise the god of wine
    With water that is feminine,
    Until the cooler nymph abate
    His wrath, and so concorporate. John Cleveland.

    Her heav’nly form
    Angelick, but more soft and feminine. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Ninias was no man of war at all, but altogether feminine and subjected to ease and delicacy. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

  2. Femininenoun

    A she; one of the sex that brings young; a female.

    O! why did God create at last
    This novelty on earth, this fair defect
    Of nature? And not fill the world at once
    With men, as angels, without feminine? John Milton, Par. Lost.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feminineadjective

    of or pertaining to a woman, or to women; characteristic of a woman; womanish; womanly

  2. Feminineadjective

    having the qualities of a woman; becoming or appropriate to the female sex; as, in a good sense, modest, graceful, affectionate, confiding; or, in a bad sense, weak, nerveless, timid, pleasure-loving, effeminate

  3. Femininenoun

    a woman

  4. Femininenoun

    any one of those words which are the appellations of females, or which have the terminations usually found in such words; as, actress, songstress, abbess, executrix


  1. Feminine

    Associated with women; befitting or characteristic of a woman.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feminine in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feminine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of feminine in a Sentence

  1. Queen Victoria:

    I am every day more convinced that we women, if we are to be good women, feminine and amiable and domestic, are not fitted to reign; at least it is they that drive themselves to the work which it entails.

  2. Peter Pilotto:

    We want to explore that idea further, it's a kind of a gender neutral range, which depending on how it's worn can be either very masculine or very feminine and we feel that's a very modern way forward.

  3. Eddie Redmayne:

    She talked in depth and wonderful detail about [Elbe's] art and also extraordinary things about that period. How architecture had gotten more feminine with Art Nouveau, how the notions of gender were beginning to change in the 1920s, with women's clothing becoming more boyish and haircuts getting shorter. She was just so articulate on so many subjects.

  4. Christopher Beck:

    I'm not a gay man, I'm not a drag queen, I am not maybe total dude, and I'm not total feminine, I'm not totally female, i think I'm living more in that gray world.

  5. Henry Louis Mencken:

    A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.

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