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.


  1. feminine

    Femininity (also called womanliness) is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles generally associated with women and girls. Femininity can be understood as socially constructed, and there is also some evidence that some behaviors considered feminine are influenced by both cultural factors and biological factors. To what extent femininity is biologically or socially influenced is subject to debate. It is conceptually distinct from both the female biological sex and from womanhood, as all humans can exhibit feminine and masculine traits, regardless of sex and gender.Traits traditionally cited as feminine include gracefulness, gentleness, empathy, humility, and sensitivity, though traits associated with femininity vary across societies and individuals, and are influenced by a variety of social and cultural factors.


  1. feminine

    Feminine generally refers to qualities or attributes traditionally associated with women. It can pertain to both biological characteristics and socioculturally defined traits. Feminine is often used in reference to behavior, appearance, clothing, roles, and forms of speech that are associated with women and girls. The concept and definition of what is considered feminine can vary widely based on culture and personal beliefs.

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. Sigmund Freud:

    The great question which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want

  2. Lauren Apfel:

    I do think it's hard for the boys, it's always harder for them to embrace the more feminine clothes, the more feminine toys, as opposed to the girl who's playing with the blocks that nobody really thinks twice about.

  3. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.

  4. Susan Sontag:

    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

  5. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation, 1966:

    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

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