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Meaning of “feminine” in the English Dictionary

"feminine" in British English

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feminineadjective

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

C1 having ​characteristics that are ​traditionallythought to be ​typical of or ​suitable for a woman: With his ​longdarkeyelashes, he ​lookedalmost feminine. The ​currentstyle in ​eveningwear 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 ​particularform of a ​noun in ​English, such as "​actress", that refers only to a ​femaleperson. These feminine ​forms are now being used less often.

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femininity
noun [U] uk   /ˌfem.əˈnɪn.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/ usually approving
Long ​hair was ​traditionallyregarded 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 ​qualitiestraditionallyconsidered to be ​suitable for a woman: Even with the ​tailoredlook 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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