1. Of or relating to women or girls.
2. Characterized by or possessing qualities traditionally attributed to women, such as demureness.
3. Effeminate; womanish.
4. Grammar Relating or belonging to the gender of words or forms that refer chiefly to females or to things grammatically classified as female.
1. The feminine gender.
2. A word or form belonging to the feminine gender.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina, woman; see dhē(i)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
femi·nine·ness, fem′i·nini·ty (-nĭnĭ-tē) n.
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