- designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure that produces or contains elements requiring fertilization.
- (of seed plants) pistillate.
Origin of female
Synonyms for female
Related Words for femalefeminine, girl, mother, madam, sister, daughter, matron, lady, grandmother, gal, gentlewoman, effeminate, fecund, fertile, maternal, womanish, womanly, femme, she, miss
Examples from the Web for female
Contemporary Examples of female
While 19 percent of the House is female, just one woman will get to chair one of its 20 committees.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
“Jeffrey wanted me to tell you that you looked so pretty,” the female voice said into my disbelieving ear.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
An escort who goes by the name of “Tommy” has experienced a wide variety of female clients.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex
January 3, 2015
Are the standards for female beauty in Hollywood ridiculous?Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It
December 29, 2014
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of female
This operation is performed by a female, with the aid of a stamp.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
Many of them were black, and a good share were of the female sex.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
For my part, I cannot understand impoliteness in a Christian female.Quaint Courtships
Female performers are frequently expected to drink with the patrons.Government by the Brewers?
But we female wimmen felt that we could not have it so any way.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 5.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
- a female animal or plant
- derogatorya woman or girl
Word Origin for female
early 14c., from Old French femelle (12c.) "woman, female," from Medieval Latin femella "a female," from Latin femella "young female, girl," diminutive of femina "woman" (see feminine).
Sense extended in Vulgar Latin from humans to female of other animals. Spelling altered late 14c. on mistaken parallel of male. As an adjective, from early 14c. Reference to sockets, etc., is from 1660s.