women as a group (usually used facetiously): an insult to the fair sex.
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How to use fair sex in a sentence
The fair sex in the East is scarcely less addicted to the use of this weed.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
But M. Nicklauss, with his great experience of the world, deemed this almost general abstention of the fair sex unnatural.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
He is well liked by the male portion of his congregation, and is on excellent terms with the fair sex.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
In another point, he has great advantage, from the limited number of the fair sex.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
It also points out a very characteristic feature of these concerts—namely, the preponderance of the fair sex.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician | Frederick Niecks
British Dictionary definitions for fair sex
the fair sex women collectively
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fair sex
Girls or women, as in Many women would object to being called the fair sex nowadays. This euphemism uses fair in the sense of “physically beautiful” and is probably dying out. [Mid-1600s]
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