Meaning of “female” in the English Dictionary

"female" in British English

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uk /ˈfiː.meɪl/ us /ˈfiː.meɪl/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈfiː.meɪl.nəs/ us /ˈfiː.meɪl.nəs/

femalenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfiː.meɪl/ us /ˈfiː.meɪl/

B2 a female animal or person:

The kitten was actually a female, not a male.
Females (= women) represent 40 percent of the country's workforce.

used to refer to a woman in a way that shows no respect:

I suspect the doctor thought I was just another hysterical female.

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(Definition of “female” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"female" in American English

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femaleadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈfi·meɪl/

of the sex that can produce eggs and give birth to young:

There are now more opportunities for female (= women) athletes in universities.

In plants and flowers, female refers to a plant which produces flowers that will later develop into fruit.

femalenoun [ C ]


a female person or animal:

The number of females competing in college sports has increased.

(Definition of “female” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"female" in Business English

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uk /ˈfiːmeɪl/ us

belonging or relating to women:

The percentage of female managers in industry has doubled in five years.

used to describe a piece of equipment that has a hole or space into which another part can be fitted:

a female plug/connector

femalenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfiːmeɪl/ us

a woman or girl:

The magazine is aimed at 18–25-year-old females.
The number of female-owned firms is growing.

(Definition of “female” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)