Meaning of “feminine” in the English Dictionary

"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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  • She looks more feminine with longer hair.
  • She's very pretty and feminine and I think men like that.
  • I feel more feminine in skirts and dresses.
  • The dress combines stylish lines with an attractive floral print for a classically feminine look.
  • She'll have to use all her feminine wiles to get him to agree.

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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  • The French word for 'sun' is masculine - 'le soleil', but the German word is feminine - 'die Sonne'.
  • The definite article 'la' is used before feminine words in French and Italian.
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)