Origin of feminine
Examples from the Web for feminine
All other issues—racial, feminine, even environmental—need to fit around this central objective.
In Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen defends the novel against critics who dismiss it as frivolous and feminine.
“I had this feminine, classical image [of myself] that would have totally been destroyed,” she said.
Betty Friedan put the feelings of our mothers to words, publishing The Feminine Mystique.
However, the “feminine” product industry was long in need of a revamp.Yes, Always’s ‘Like a Girl’ Campaign Is Great—but It’s Also Deceptive|Emily Shire|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Great numbers of people are passing to and fro, an excess of the feminine element being generally observable.
In the interior of their abode, they occupy themselves with feminine tasks, and fervently perform the rites of their religion.The Smuggler Chief|Gustave Aimard
There were little nothings, punctuated by trills of feminine laughter.The Christian|Hall Caine
Amongst her other feminine qualities she had that of being a perfect dissembler.The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.|W. M. Thackeray
I would like to have run from Limerick Junction up to Limerick, says a feminine member of the quartette.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882|The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
British Dictionary definitions for feminine
- denoting or belonging to a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some female animate referents
- (as noun)German Zeit ``time'' and Ehe ``marriage'' are feminines
Word Origin for feminine
Word Origin and History for feminine
mid-14c., "of the female sex," from Old French femenin (12c.) "feminine, female; with feminine qualities, effeminate," from Latin femininus "feminine" (in the grammatical sense at first), from femina "woman, female," literally "she who suckles," from root of felare "to suck, suckle" (see fecund). Sense of "woman-like, proper to or characteristic of women" is recorded from mid-15c.
The interplay of meanings now represented in female, feminine, and effeminate, and the attempt to make them clear and separate, has led to many coinages: feminitude (1878); feminile "feminine" (1640s); feminility "womanliness" (1838); femality (17c., "effeminacy;" 1754 "female nature"). Also feminality (1640s, "quality or state of being female"), from rare adjective feminal (late 14c.), from Old French feminal. And femineity "quality or state of being feminine," from Latin femineus "of a woman, pertaining to a woman."