feminine

[fem-uh-nin]
adjective
1.
pertaining to a woman or girl: feminine beauty; feminine dress.
2.
having qualities traditionally ascribed to women, as sensitivity or gentleness.
3.
effeminate; womanish: a man with a feminine walk.
4.
belonging to the female sex; female: feminine staff members.
5.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to that one of the three genders of Latin, Greek, German, etc., or one of the two genders of French, Spanish, hebrew, etc., having among its members most nouns referring to females, as well as other nouns, as Latin stella “star,” or German Zeit “time.”
noun Grammar.
6.
the feminine gender.
7.
a noun or other element in or marking that gender.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French: feminine of feminin < L of fēminīnus, equivalent to fēmin(a) woman (see fetus) + -īnus -ine1

femininely, adverb
feminineness, noun
antifeminine, adjective
antifemininely, adverb
antifeminineness, noun
half-feminine, adjective
hyperfeminine, adjective
hyperfemininely, adverb
hyperfeminineness, noun
overfeminine, adjective
overfemininely, adverb
pseudofeminine, adjective
superfeminine, adjective
ultrafeminine, adjective
unfeminine, adjective
unfemininely, adverb

1. female, feminine (see synonym study at female) ; 2. effeminate, effete, feminine, womanish, womanly (see synonym study at womanly).


2. See female.
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feminine (ˈfɛmɪnɪn)
 
adj
1.  suitable to or characteristic of a woman: a feminine fashion
2.  possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a woman
3.  effeminate; womanish
4.  grammar
 a.  denoting or belonging to a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some female animate referents
 b.  (as noun): German Zeit ``time'' and Ehe ``marriage'' are feminines
 
[C14: from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina woman]
 
'femininely
 
adv
 
'feminineness
 
n

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feminine
late 14c., "of the female sex," from O.Fr. feminin, from L. femininus "feminine" (in the grammatical sense at first), from femina "woman, female," lit. "she who suckles," from base of felare "to suck, suckle" (see fecund). Sense of "woman-like, proper to or characteristic
of women" is recorded from mid-15c.
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Example sentences for feminine
So the presence of some feminine behavior is not viewed as unnatural for men.
However, nonhuman plural nouns are grammatically considered to be feminine
  singular.
If the feminine and neuter forms drop the e, use that for the comparative form.
Joanna recognizes that her own style of narration reflects a feminine quality.
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