feminine

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See also: féminine

English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • f., f (abbreviation, grammar)
  • fœminine (hypercorrect, obsolete)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English feminine, femynyne, femynyn, from Old French feminin, feminine, from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina (woman), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁-m̥h₁n-eh₂ ((the one) nursing, breastfeeding). 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.
  5. (grammar) Of, pertaining or belonging to the female grammatical gender, in languages that have gender distinctions.

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Noun[edit]

feminine (plural feminines)

  1. That which is feminine.
  2. (rare, possibly obsolete) A woman.
    • 1589, Richard Hakluyt, The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation, [], imprinted at London: By George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, deputies to Christopher Barker, printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majestie, OCLC 753964576:
      They guide the feminines toward the Pallace.
  3. (grammar) The feminine gender.
  4. (grammar) A word of the feminine gender.
    • 1860, Robert Gordon Latham, An Elementary English Grammar: For the Use of Schools
      The different words belong to different systems, and are no more the masculines and feminines of one another

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German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

feminine

  1. inflection of feminin:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

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

References[edit]

  • feminine in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • feminine in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

feminine

  1. definite singular of feminin
  2. plural of feminin

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

feminine

  1. definite singular of feminin
  2. plural of feminin

Romanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

feminine

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

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

feminine

  1. absolute definite natural masculine singular of feminin.