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Meaning of FEMININE

Pronunciation:  'femunin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female
  2. [adj]  associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"
  3. [adj]  befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman; "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"
  4. [adj]  of grammatical gender
  5. [adj]  (music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable; "a feminine ending"

FEMININE is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: distaff, fair(a), female, maidenlike, maidenly, matronly, powder-puff, unaccented, unstressed, womanlike, womanly
 Antonyms: masculine, neuter, unwomanly
 See Also: feminine, gender, grammatical gender



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fem"i*nine\, a. [L. femininus, fr. femina woman; prob.
    akin to L. fetus, or to Gr. qh^sqai to suck, qh^sai to
    suckle, Skr. dh[=a] to suck; cf. AS. f[=ae]mme woman, maid:
    cf. F. f['e]minin. See {Fetus}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to a woman, or to women; characteristic
       of a woman; womanish; womanly.
             Her letters are remarkably deficient in feminine
             ease and grace.                       --Macaulay.
    2. 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.
             Her heavenly form Angelic, but more soft and
             feminine.                             --Milton.
             Ninus being esteemed no man of war at all, but
             altogether feminine, and subject to ease and
             delicacy.                             --Sir W.
  2. \Fem"i*nine\, n.
    1. A woman. [Obs. or Colloq.]
             They guide the feminines toward the palace.
    2. (Gram.) 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.
Thesaurus Terms
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