feminine

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • (abbreviation, grammar): f.

Etymology[edit]

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[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛmɪnɪn/, /ˈfɛmənɪn/
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Adjective[edit]

feminine (comparative more feminine, superlative most feminine)

  1. Of or pertaining to the female gender; womanly.
  2. Of or pertaining to the female sex; biologically female, not male.
  3. Belonging to females; typically used by females.
    Mary, Elizabeth, and Edith are feminine names.
  4. Having the qualities stereotypically associated with women: nurturing, not aggressive.
    • John Milton:
      Her heavenly form Angelic, but more soft and feminine.
    • Thomas Babington Macaulay:
      Her letters are remarkably deficient in feminine ease and grace.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh:
      Ninus being esteemed no man of war at all, but altogether feminine, and subject to ease and delicacy.
  5. (grammar) Of, pertaining or belonging to the female grammatical gender, in languages that have sex-based gender distinctions.

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Noun[edit]

feminine (plural feminines)

  1. That which is feminine.
  2. (rare, possibly obsolete) A woman.
  3. (grammar) The feminine gender.
  4. (grammar) A word of the feminine gender.
    • Latham:
      There are but few true feminines in English.

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German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

feminine

  1. strong feminine singular nominative form of feminin.
  2. strong feminine singular accusative form of feminin.
  3. strong plural nominative form of feminin.
  4. strong plural accusative form of feminin.
  5. weak masculine singular nominative form of feminin.
  6. weak feminine singular nominative form of feminin.
  7. weak feminine singular accusative form of feminin.
  8. weak neuter singular nominative form of feminin.
  9. weak neuter singular accusative form of feminin.
  10. mixed feminine singular nominative form of feminin.
  11. mixed feminine singular accusative form of feminin.

Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From fēminīnus (feminine) +‎ .

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Adverb[edit]

fēminīnē (comparative fēminīnius, superlative fēminīnissimē)

  1. femininely, womanly
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Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected form of fēminīnus (feminine).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fēminīne

  1. vocative masculine singular of fēminīnus

Romanian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

feminine

  1. feminine plural nominative form of feminin
  2. feminine plural accusative form of feminin
  3. neuter plural nominative form of feminin
  4. neuter plural accusative form of feminin

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

feminine

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of feminin.