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



    BrE BrE//ˈfiːmeɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːmeɪl//
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  1. 1  an animal that can lay eggs or give birth to babies; a plant that can produce fruit
  2. 2  (formal) a woman or a girl More females than males are employed in the factory. The body is that of a white female aged about 30. The survey showed that young females are the most frequent users of crisis lines.
  3. 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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