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"feminine" in British English

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feminineadjective

uk   /ˈfem.ɪ.nɪn/ us   /ˈfem.ə.nɪn/
  • feminine adjective (FEMALE)

C1 having characteristics that are traditionally thought to be typical of or suitable for a woman: With his long dark eyelashes, he looked almost feminine. The current style in evening wear is soft, romantic, and feminine. Her clothes are always very feminine.
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  • feminine adjective (GRAMMAR)

written abbreviation fem., f language belonging to the group of nouns that, in some languages, are not masculine or neuter: In French, "table" is feminine.
language used to refer to a particular form of a noun in English, such as "actress", that refers only to a female person. These feminine forms are now being used less often.

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femininity
noun [U] uk   /ˌfem.əˈnɪn.ə.ti/ us   /ˌfem.əˈnɪn.ə.t̬i/ usually approving
Long hair was traditionally regarded as a sign of femininity.
(Definition of feminine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"feminine" in American English

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feminineadjective

us   /ˈfem·ə·nən/
  • feminine adjective (FEMALE)

having qualities traditionally considered to be suitable for a woman: Even with the tailored look of a suit, sometimes I like to have something that’s just a little feminine.
  • feminine adjective (GRAMMAR)

grammar [not gradable] abbreviation fem. being a noun or pronoun of a type that refers to females, or in some other languages, being a noun of a type that refers to things considered as female
femininity
noun [U] us   /ˌfem·əˈnɪn·ət̬·i/
Long hair has traditionally been regarded as a sign of femininity.
(Definition of feminine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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