1 associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition" [ant: masculine]
3 befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman; "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion" [syn: womanly] [ant: unwomanly]
4 (music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable; "a feminine ending" n : a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female
EtymologyFrom feminin, from femininus, from femina woman; probably akin to Latin fetus, or to Greek to suck, to suckle, Sanskrit dhā to suck; compare Anglo-Saxon woman, maid: compare French féminin. See fetus.
- /ˈfɛmɪnɪn/ or /ˈfɛmənɪn/
- Having the qualities associated with a woman or the female gender; suitable to, or characteristic of, a woman; nurturing; not masculine or aggressive.
- Of the female sex; biologically female, not male, womanly.
- Belonging to females; appropriated to, or used by, females.
- Mary, Elizabeth, and Edith are feminine names.
- Grammatical gender distinction in languages that have it such as Spanish and Hindi that describes nouns including those pertaining to females and objects that are assigned the feminine gender.
having the qualities associated with a woman
of the female sex
belonging to females
grammatical gender distinction
- ttbc Hebrew: נִקְבִּי (nikbí)
- ttbc Japanese: 女らしい (おんならしい, onnarashii)
- ttbc Latin: femininus
- ttbc Scottish Gaelic: banail, boireannach, màlda
- ttbc Swedish: feminin , feminint (1, 2, 3)
- Of or pertaining to woman.
- Having the qualities of a woman.
- (Obsolete or Colloquial): A woman.
- They guide the feminines toward the palace — Hakluyt
- 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
- German: Frau, Weib
- Finnish: feminiini
- West Frisian: froulik
- ttbc Chinese: 阴性 (yīnxìng) (2)
- ttbc Catalan: femení , femenina
- ttbc Danish: kvinde (1); hunkøn (2)
- ttbc Dutch: vrouwelijk
- ttbc French: féminin (2)
- ttbc Greek: θηλυκό (thilykó)
- ttbc Italian: femminile
- ttbc Japanese: 女性 (じょせい, josei)(1,2)
- ttbc Portuguese: feminino , feminina
- ttbc Russian: женский (žénskij)
- ttbc Scottish Gaelic: banail, boireann, màlda
- ttbc Spanish: femenino , femenina
Feminine normally refers to qualities positively associated with women or girls (see Femininity). A near synonym is womanly; antonyms include unfeminine, unwomanly, manish and epicene.
It can also refer to:
feminine in French: Féminin
feminine in Portuguese: Feminino
affected, amenable, animate, common gender, deferential, delicate, distaff, docile, effeminate, effete, female, gender, gentle, gentlewomanlike, girlish, gynecic, gynecoid, gynic, inanimate, kittenish, ladylike, little-girlish, maidenly, masculine, matronal, matronlike, matronly, muliebral, neuter, petticoat, soft, submissive, tender, unmanly, womanish, womanlike, womanly