(1)   Associated with women and not with men
"Feminine intuition"
(2)   Befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman
"Womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"
(3)   Of grammatical gender
(4)   (music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable
"A feminine ending"


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


From feminin, from femininus, from ; probably akin to Latin fetus, or to Greek to suck, to suckle, Sanskrit ; compare Old English : compare French féminin. See fetus.


  1. Of the female sex; biologically female, not male, womanly.
  2. Belonging to females; appropriated to, or used by, females.
    Mary, Elizabeth, and Edith are feminine names.
  3. Having the qualities associated with a woman or the female gender; suitable to, or characteristic of, a woman; nurturing; not masculine or aggressive.
    Her heavenly form Angelic, but more soft and feminine — John Milton
    Her letters are remarkably deficient in feminine ease and grace — Thomas Babington Macaulay
    Ninus being esteemed no man of war at all, but altogether feminine, and subject to ease and delicacy — Sir Walter Raleigh
  4. Grammatical gender distinction in languages that have it such as Spanish and Hindi that describes nouns including those pertaining to females and objects that are assigned the feminine gender.


  1. The female principle
  2. (Obsolete or Colloquial): A woman.
    They guide the feminines toward the palace — Richard Hakluyt
  3. 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 — Latham