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femininity

[fem-uh-nin-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the quality of being feminine; womanliness.
  2. women collectively.
  3. effeminacy.
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Also fe·min·i·ty [fi-min-i-tee] /fɪˈmɪn ɪ ti/.

Origin of femininity

First recorded in 1350–1400, femininity is from the Middle English word femininite. See feminine, -ity
Related formshy·per·fem·i·nin·i·ty, nouno·ver·fem·i·nin·i·ty, nounsu·per·fem·i·nin·i·ty, noun
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  • Whenever we get under the skin, it is Shakespeare's femininity which startles us.

  • 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

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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