• WordNet 3.6
    • adj feminine associated with women and not with men "feminine intuition"
    • adj feminine befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"
    • adj feminine of grammatical gender
    • adj feminine (music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable "a feminine ending"
    • n feminine a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Feminine A woman. "They guide the feminines toward the palace."
    • Feminine (Gram) Any one of those words which are the appellations of females, or which have the terminations usually found in such words; as, actress songstress abbess executrix. "There are but few true feminines in English."
    • Feminine Having the qualities of a woman; becoming or appropriate to the female sex; as, in a good sense, modest, graceful, affectionate, confiding; or, in a bad sense, weak, nerveless, timid, pleasure-loving, effeminate. "Her heavenly form
      Angelic, but more soft and feminine ."
      "Ninus being esteemed no man of war at all, but altogether feminine , and subject to ease and delicacy."
    • Feminine Of or pertaining to a woman, or to women; characteristic of a woman; womanish; womanly. "Her letters are remarkably deficient in feminine ease and grace."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • feminine Pertaining to a woman or to women, or to the (human) female sex; having the distinguishing characters or nature of that sex; having qualities especially characteristic of woman.
    • feminine Effeminate; destitute of manly qualities.
    • feminine In grammar, of the gender or classification under which are included words which apply to females only: said of words or terminations. The feminine form is often indicated by a change in the termination of the masculine word or corresponding termination, or by a special suffix: thus, in Latin, dominus, a lord, is masculine; but domino, a mistress, is feminine. Abbreviated, feminine
    • feminine Synonyms Female, Feminine, Effeminate, Womanish, Womanly, Ladylike; soft, tender, delicate. Female applies to women and their apparel, to the corresponding sex in animals, and by figure to some inanimate things: feminine, to women and their attributes, to the second grammatical gender; effeminate, only to men. Female applies to that which distinctively belongs to woman; feminine, commonly, to the softer, more delicate or graceful qualities of woman, the qualities being always natural and commendable: as, feminine grace; effeminate, to qualities which, though they might be proper and becoming in a woman, are unmanly and weak in a man; womanish, to that which is weak in woman, or weakly like women in men: as, womanish tears; womanly, to that which is nobly becoming in a woman; ladylike, to that which is refined and well-bred in woman.
    • n feminine A female; the female sex.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Feminine pertaining to women: tender: womanly:
    • adj Feminine (gram.) the gender denoting females
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  • Susan Sontag
    “What is most beautiful in virile men is sometimes feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.”
  • Sister Corita Kent
    Sister Corita Kent
    “Women's liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.”
  • Lord Byron
    “A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
    “Only when manhood is dead -- and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it -- only then will we know what it is to be free.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. femininus, fr. femina, woman; prob. akin to L. fetus, or to Gr. qh^sqai to suck, qh^sai to suckle, Skr. dhā, to suck; cf. AS. fǣmme, woman, maid: cf. F. féminin,. See Fetus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. femelle—L. femella, dim. of femina, a woman.


In literature:

Even today the Emperor was not immune from the charms of feminine beauty.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
He demanded a man's code of honor from the woman he adored and made no feeble excuses for feminine dishonesty.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
I was prepared to be reduced to a condition of helpless feminine envy by her clothes.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The fruitful genius was feminine, rather, humble and passive in its attitude to life.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
I do not even wish to read a word about the feminine gender.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
But they were not softly feminine eyes.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Inexplicable vagary of the feminine heart!
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
If it were no worse, I could stand it; for that is at least feminine.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
It is a feminine sign, and unfortunate.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
She handed Buck and his friends her compliments in a swift flow of feminine ferocity.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Her eyes, now turned from him, were soft, feminine and without guile.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Her figure too, he judged, was too heavy for his standard of feminine charm.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
After all, it is feminine wiles and feminine graces that rule our world.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
The envelope bore a French stamp with the Frelus postmark, and the address was in a bold feminine hand.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Ah, the lovely feminine woman who weeps and clings!
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Matilda, the beauty, had if not wit a sprightly feminine fancy.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
A feminine intuition inspired in her a like ambition to pierce this young savage's reserve.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Again reinstated in my position of superiority I explained the Master to her feminine intelligence.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Had he made a deep personal impression upon any of these essentially feminine hearts?
"The Gorgeous Isle" by Gertrude Atherton
The delectable dishes dear to the Highlander's heart are passed for the approval of feminine palates.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce

In poetry:

Saying, "Her soul is all feminine gameness,
Trusting her insights, ardent for living;
She would be weeping with me and be laughing,
A thoroughbred, joyous receiving and giving!"
"Rhymes For Gloriana" by Vachel Lindsay
Saying, “Her soul is all feminine gameness,
Trusting her insights, ardent for living;
She would be weeping with me and be laughing,
A thoroughbred, joyous receiving and giving!”
"On Suddenly Receiving A Curl Long Refused" by Vachel Lindsay
"O! why did I leave,"--thus he wearily muttered--
"The silent repose, and the shade of my books,
Where the voice of a woman no sound ever uttered,
And I ne'er felt the magic of feminine looks?
"A Romance In Real (Academic) Life" by E W Bowling
Oh, as Raphael created our God-Star of the Sea,
With a star-adorned tiara, with her bland smile, maidenly,
I myself have rendered godly what was merely feminine,
Just a cold and leaden woman, barren-hearted, viperine!
"Venus and Madonna" by Mihai Eminescu
I am in front of this feminine land
Like a child in front of the fire
Smiling vaguely with tears in my eyes
In front of this land where all moves in me
Where mirrors mist where mirrors clear
Reflecting two nude bodies season on season
"Ecstasy" by Paul Eluard
I gave him the lead gift in the twilight.
What fell was relaxed, Owl-downy, soft feminine feathers; but what
Soared: the fierce rush: the night-herons by the flooded river cried fear at its rising
Before it was quite unsheathed from reality.
"Hurt Hawks" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Are male nurses more feminine .
Do feminine features mean more babies.
Today on Pathways we are visiting with Tami Lynn Kent, author of Wild Feminine : Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body.
War the norm when there's no respect for the feminine .
Oprah Winfrey and the feminine divine.
Masculine Feminine is that rare movie achievement: a work of grace and beauty in a contemporary setting.
Hope 2.0: Barack Obama and Colorado's Feminine Mystique.
U by Kotex, Kimberly-Clark, Patricia Field, feminine care, feminine care products, pads, liners, Melissa Sexton, Product of the Year.
Feminine twist on classic menswear at Fashion Week.
Donna Karan on feminine instinct.
Humor with a feminine twist.
Buddhist priest explores feminine side of meditation.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Lil' Drug Store Products on Thursday announced the purchase of the Pre-Seed brand of feminine lubricant from BioOrigyn.
Flirty vs Friendly Two key components of feminine charm are flirtation and friendliness.
I didn't 'look feminine' I was one of the lucky ones'.

In science:

Figure 3: AVM of the proper noun jam"la In Figure 3, we notice that the features that changed value are the features NATURE, DEFN ORIGIN, and GENR since jam#la is a proper noun, definite and feminine. The masdar (ORIGIN) value of the proper noun jam#la is jam!l.
A prototype for projecting HPSG syntactic lexica towards LMF
G Gender: masculine, feminine. N Number: singular, plural. P Person: identified as 1st to 6th in the tagset. V Verbs: treat avoir and etre as being the same as any other verb.
Tagset Design and Inflected Languages