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FEMALE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does female mean? 

FEMALE (noun)
  The noun FEMALE has 2 senses:

1. an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
2. a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies

  Familiarity information: FEMALE used as a noun is rare.


FEMALE (adjective)
  The adjective FEMALE has 3 senses:

1. being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop
2. characteristic of or peculiar to a woman
3. for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls

  Familiarity information: FEMALE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FEMALE (noun)


Sense 1female [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("female" is a kind of...):

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "female"):

hen (female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster)

dam (female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock)

female mammal (animals that nourish their young with milk)

filly (a young female horse under the age of four)

Antonym:

male (an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova))


Sense 2female [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who belongs to the sex that can have babies

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

female person; female

Hypernyms ("female" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Meronyms (parts of "female"):

female body (the body of a female human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "female"):

adult female; woman (an adult female person (as opposed to a man))

girl wonder (an extremely talented young female person)

foster sister; foster-sister (your foster sister is a female who is not a daughter of your parents but who is raised by your parents)

female child; girl; little girl (a youthful female person)

female offspring (a child who is female)

woman (a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man)

Antonym:

male (a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies)


FEMALE (adjective)


Sense 1female [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop

Context examples:

a female heir / female holly trees bear the berries

Similar:

pistillate (having gynoecia, or pistils, the ovule-bearing organ of a seed plant)

egg-producing; young-bearing (capable of producing eggs and bearing offspring)

female (for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls)

Also:

feminine (associated with women and not with men)

Attribute:

gender; sex; sexuality (the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Antonym:

androgynous (having both male and female characteristics)

male (being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation)


Sense 2female [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of or peculiar to a woman

Synonyms:

distaff; female

Context examples:

female sensitiveness / female suffrage

Similar:

feminine (associated with women and not with men)


Sense 3female [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

For or pertaining to or composed of women or girls

Context examples:

the female lead in the play / a female chorus

Similar:

female (being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop)


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