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



    BrE BrE//ˈfemənɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfemənɪn//
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  1. 1having the qualities or appearance considered to be typical of women; connected with women That dress makes you look very feminine. He had delicate, almost feminine, features. the traditional feminine role compare female, masculine
  2. 2 (grammar) belonging to a class of words that refer to female people or animals and often have a special form Some people prefer not to use the feminine form ‘actress’ and use the word ‘actor’ for both sexes. See related entries: Grammar
  3. 3 (grammar) (in some languages) belonging to a class of nouns, pronouns or adjectives that have feminine gender, not masculine or neuter The French word for ‘table’ is feminine. See related entries: Grammar
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin femininus, from femina ‘woman’.Extra examples He made her feel feminine. Her name fits in with a traditionally feminine image. She looked very feminine with her hair like that. stereotypically feminine qualities like compassion
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: feminine