femaleness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From female +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

femaleness ‎(countable and uncountable, plural femalenesses)

  1. The characteristic or state of being female. [from 19th c.]
    • 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
      In hunting or agrarian societies dependent upon nature, femaleness was honored as an immanent principle of fertility.