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femininity

[fem-uh-nin-i-tee] /ˌfɛm əˈnɪn ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality of being feminine; womanliness.
2.
women collectively.
Also, feminity
[fi-min-i-tee] /fɪˈmɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of femininity
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English femininite. See feminine, -ity
Related forms
hyperfemininity, noun
overfemininity, noun
superfemininity, noun
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  • I think that I felt even then our approach to what I have called the shallows of her femininity.

    The Debit Account Oliver Onions
  • Whenever we get under the skin, it is Shakespeare's femininity which startles us.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • But then he is a bachelor, and so of course does not understand the infinite resources of femininity.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • They might indeed have represented the opposite poles in femininity.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • A rarely capable study of femininity as well as a minute picture of life in France in the early sixteenth century.

    The Morning Glory Club George A. Kyle
British Dictionary definitions for femininity

femininity

/ˌfɛmɪˈnɪnɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality of being feminine
2.
womanhood
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Word Origin and History for femininity
n.

late 14c., femynynytee, from feminine + -ity.

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