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[fem-uh-nin-i-tee] /ˌfɛm əˈnɪn ɪ ti/
the quality of being feminine; womanliness.
women collectively.
Also, feminity
[fi-min-i-tee] /fɪˈmɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA)
Origin of femininity
First recorded in 1350-1400, femininity is from the Middle English word femininite. See feminine, -ity
Related forms
hyperfemininity, noun
overfemininity, noun
superfemininity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for feminity
Historical Examples
  • This problem of feminity and childhood which he had confronted was too much for him.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Lily had something of a business turn in spite of her feminity.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He seemed to catch a glimpse of dreadful depths of feminity which daunted his masculine mind.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The result of this in man is that there is no pure masculinity or feminity either in the biological or psychological sense.

  • As far as feminity is known, or can ever be known, one dominant impulse has never wavered or weakened.

    Americans and Others Agnes Repplier
  • He did not understand it, but he was for the moment like a school-boy before the aroused might of feminity of this little woman.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for feminity


the quality of being feminine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for feminity

"quality or state of being feminine," late 14c., from Old French feminité, from Latin femina (see feminine).



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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