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FEMININE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does feminine mean? 

FEMININE (noun)
  The noun FEMININE has 1 sense:

1. a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female

  Familiarity information: FEMININE used as a noun is very rare.


FEMININE (adjective)
  The adjective FEMININE has 4 senses:

1. associated with women and not with men
2. of grammatical gender
3. befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman
4. (music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable

  Familiarity information: FEMININE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FEMININE (noun)


Sense 1feminine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

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

gender; grammatical gender (a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness)


FEMININE (adjective)


Sense 1feminine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Associated with women and not with men

Context example:

feminine intuition

Similar:

fair (attractively feminine)

distaff; female (characteristic of or peculiar to a woman)

maidenlike; maidenly (befitting or characteristic of a maiden)

powder-puff (used of competitive activities in which only women take part)

Also:

feminine (of grammatical gender)

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

Antonym:

masculine (associated with men and not with women)


Sense 2feminine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of grammatical gender

Also:

feminine (associated with women and not with men)

Antonym:

masculine; neuter (of grammatical gender)


Sense 3feminine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman

Synonyms:

womanly; feminine

Context example:

womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion

Similar:

matronly (befitting or characteristic of a fully mature woman)

womanlike (resembling a woman)


Sense 4feminine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable

Context example:

a feminine ending

Similar:

unstressed (not bearing a stress or accent)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


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