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Meaning of feminine by Wiktionary Dictionary

feminine


    Etymology

    From Old French feminin, from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina ( “woman” ), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁-m̥n-eh₂ ( “who sucks” ). Related to fetus, feminism, filial, fellatio .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈfɛmɪnɪn/, /ˈfɛmənɪn/

    Adjective

    feminine ( comparative more feminine, superlative most feminine )

    1. Of the female sex; biologically female, not male, womanly .
    2. Belonging to females; appropriated to, or used by, females .
      Mary, Elizabeth, and Edith are feminine names .
    3. Having the qualities associated with a woman or the female gender; suitable to, or characteristic of, a woman; nurturing; not masculine or aggressive .
      Her heavenly form Angelic, but more soft and feminine — John Milton
      Her letters are remarkably deficient in feminine ease and grace — Thomas Babington Macaulay
      Ninus being esteemed no man of war at all, but altogether feminine, and subject to ease and delicacy — Sir Walter Raleigh
    4. ( grammar ) Grammatical gender distinction in languages that describes nouns including those pertaining to females and objects that are assigned the feminine gender .

    Synonyms

    Antonyms

    Adverb

    feminine ( comparative more feminine, superlative most feminine )

    1. Of or pertaining to woman .
    2. Having the qualities of a woman .

    Noun

    feminine ( plural: feminines )

    1. The female principle
    2. ( obsolete or colloquial ) A woman .
      They guide the feminines toward the palace — Richard Hakluyt
    3. ( grammar ) 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


Explanation of feminine by Wordnet Dictionary

feminine


    Adjective
    1. associated with women and not with men

    2. feminine intuition
    3. befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman

    4. of grammatical gender

    5. ending on an unaccented beat or syllable

    6. a feminine ending
    Noun
    1. a gender that refers chiefly ( but not exclusively ) to females or to objects classified as female



    Definition of feminine by GCIDE Dictionary

    feminine


    1. Feminine a. [L. femininus, fr. femina woman; prob. akin to L. fetus, or to Gr. θῆσθαι to suck, θῆσαι to suckle, Skr. dhā to suck; cf. AS. fǣmme woman, maid: cf. F. féminin. 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. Raleigh.

      Feminine rhyme. ( Pros. ) See Female rhyme, under Female, a.

      Syn. -- See Female, a.

    2. Feminine, n.
      1. A woman. [Obs. or Colloq.]

      They guide the feminines toward the palace. Hakluyt.

      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. Latham.