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femme

or fem

[ fem ]
/ fɛm /
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noun
  1. a lesbian who embraces identity markers that are associated with traditional expressions of femininity, as clothing, hairstyle, interests, or behaviors.
  2. a gay man who embraces identity markers that are associated with traditional expressions of femininity.
  3. any person who adopts a feminine appearance, manner, or persona.
adjective
noting or relating to a feminine style or gender expression.
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Origin of femme

First recorded in 1930–35; from French: literally “woman”; see origin at feme
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British Dictionary definitions for femme

femme
/ (French fam, English fɛm) /

noun
a woman or wife
(fɛm) a lesbian who adopts a feminine role in a relationship
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