feminine

See also: féminine

EnglishEdit

 
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Alternative formsEdit

  • f., f (abbreviation, grammar)
  • fœminine (hypercorrect, obsolete)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English feminine, femynyne, femynyn, from Old French feminin, feminine, from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina (woman), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁-m̥h₁n-eh₂ ((the one) nursing, breastfeeding). Related to fetus, feminism, filial, fellatio.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛmɪnɪn/, /ˈfɛmənɪn/
  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

feminine (comparative more feminine, superlative most feminine)

  1. Of or pertaining to the female gender; womanly.
  2. Of or pertaining to the female sex; biologically female, not male.
  3. Belonging to females; typically used by females.
    Mary, Elizabeth, and Edith are feminine names.
  4. Having the qualities stereotypically associated with women: nurturing, not aggressive.
  5. (grammar) Of, pertaining or belonging to the female grammatical gender, in languages that have gender distinctions.

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TranslationsEdit

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NounEdit

feminine (plural feminines)

  1. That which is feminine.
  2. (rare, possibly obsolete) A woman.
    • 1589, Richard Hakluyt, The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation, [], imprinted at London: By George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, deputies to Christopher Barker, printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majestie, OCLC 753964576:
      They guide the feminines toward the Pallace.
  3. (grammar) The feminine gender.
  4. (grammar) A word of the feminine gender.
    • 1860, Robert Gordon Latham, An Elementary English Grammar: For the Use of Schools
      The different words belong to different systems, and are no more the masculines and feminines of one another

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GermanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

feminine

  1. inflection of feminin:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

LatinEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From fēminīnus (feminine) +‎ .

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

fēminīnē (comparative fēminīnius, superlative fēminīnissimē)

  1. femininely, womanly
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Etymology 2Edit

Inflected form of fēminīnus (feminine).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fēminīne

  1. vocative masculine singular of fēminīnus

ReferencesEdit

  • feminine in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • feminine in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Norwegian BokmålEdit

AdjectiveEdit

feminine

  1. definite singular of feminin
  2. plural of feminin

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

feminine

  1. definite singular of feminin
  2. plural of feminin

RomanianEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

feminine

  1. feminine plural nominative of feminin
  2. feminine plural accusative of feminin
  3. neuter plural nominative of feminin
  4. neuter plural accusative of feminin

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

feminine

  1. absolute definite natural masculine singular of feminin.