or fem

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Origin of femme

< French: woman; see feme
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Contemporary Examples of femme

  • Yet for all her cred as a femme serieux, Kennedy keeps in close touch with the naughty girl of her past.

  • Sometimes they bring out the femme fatale who uses her sexuality like a weapon.

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    The Oscar de la Renta Effect

    Robin Givhan

    September 13, 2011

  • BAILEY joins Casey in the trend toward more ambiguous, less gender-specific names, unlike the old macho Busters and femme Missys.

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    Top 20 Dog Names of the Future

    Linda Rosenkrantz

    February 14, 2010

  • On the surface at least—and surface was powerful in those days—these women (even the secretaries) are femme fatales.

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    The Mad Men Finishing School

    Emma Pearse

    August 11, 2009

  • Valued at $8 million to $12 million, Femme au chapeau humorously represents a bearded lady in a childlike outfit.

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    The Art World's New Math

    Paul Laster

    May 5, 2009

Historical Examples of femme

British Dictionary definitions for femme


  1. a woman or wife
  2. (fɛm) a lesbian who adopts a feminine role in a relationship
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Word Origin and History for femme

French, literally "woman," from Old French feme, from Latin femina (see feminine). Slang meaning "passive and more feminine partner in a lesbian couple" attested by 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper