I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French feminin, from Latin femininus, from femina woman; akin to Old English delu nipple, Latin filius son, felix, fetus, & fecundus fruitful, felare to suck, Greek thēlē nipple Date: 14th century 1. female 1a(1) 2. characteristic of or appropriate or unique to women <
feminine beauty
a feminine perspective
3. of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to females <
a feminine noun
4. a. being an unstressed and usually hypermetric final syllable <
a feminine ending
b. of rhyme having an unstressed final syllable c. having the final chord occurring on a weak beat <
music in feminine cadences
femininely adverbfeminineness noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. a noun, pronoun, adjective, or inflectional form or class of the feminine gender b. the feminine gender 2. the embodiment or conception of a timeless or idealized feminine nature <
the eternal feminine

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  • feminine — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having qualities traditionally associated with women, especially delicacy and prettiness. 2) female. 3) Grammar referring to a gender of nouns and adjectives, conventionally regarded as female. ► NOUN (the feminine) ▪ the female… …   English terms dictionary

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  • feminine — 01. Her father thought that women who were strong and confident were not really [feminine]. 02. The traditional [feminine] role is that of a housewife and mother. 03. Our apartment has a very [feminine] look with its soft colors, and pictures of… …   Grammatical examples in English

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