Definition of female adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfiːmeɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːmeɪl//
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  1. 1  being a woman or a girl a female student/employee/artist Two of the candidates must be female.
  2. 2  of the sex that can lay eggs or give birth to babies a female cat female reproductive organs
  3. 3  of women; typical of women; affecting women female characteristics the female role a female preserve (= something that only women do) compare feminine
  4. 4 (biology) (of plants and flowers) that can produce fruit
  5. 5(specialist) (of electrical equipment) having a hole that another part fits into a female plug
  6. opposite male
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French femelle, from Latin femella, diminutive of femina ‘a woman’. The change in the ending was due to association with male, but the words male and female are not linked etymologically.
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