Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Word of the Year is...

femininity

[fem-uh-nin-i-tee] /ˌfɛm əˈnɪn ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality of being feminine; womanliness.
2.
women collectively.
Also, feminity
[fi-min-i-tee] /fɪˈmɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of femininity
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English femininite. See feminine, -ity
Related forms
hyperfemininity, noun
overfemininity, noun
superfemininity, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for femininity
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • I think that I felt even then our approach to what I have called the shallows of her femininity.

    The Debit Account Oliver Onions
  • It must be femininity, since he felt the lack and was masculine.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
  • But then he is a bachelor, and so of course does not understand the infinite resources of femininity.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • The murmur of approval was a tribute to her femininity that was music in her ears.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • A rarely capable study of femininity as well as a minute picture of life in France in the early sixteenth century.

    The Morning Glory Club George A. Kyle
British Dictionary definitions for femininity

femininity

/ˌfɛmɪˈnɪnɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality of being feminine
2.
womanhood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for femininity
n.

late 14c., femynynytee, from feminine + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for femininity

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for femininity

18
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for femininity