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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)
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Origin of femininity
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, femininity is from the Middle English word femininite. See feminine, -ity
Related forms
hyperfemininity, noun
overfemininity, noun
superfemininity, noun
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  • Whenever we get under the skin, it is Shakespeare's femininity which startles us.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • There was something about her—something volcanic in her femininity.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • They might indeed have represented the opposite poles in femininity.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Their femininity topples me over, and there's no work to be got out of me while I'm like that.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Observe that I say ‘femininity,’ a privilege—not ‘feminism,’ an attitude.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for femininity

femininity

/ˌfɛmɪˈnɪnɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality of being feminine
2.
womanhood
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Word Origin and History for femininity
n.

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

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