femme fatale

[fem fuh-tal, -tahl, fey-; French fam fa-tal]

noun, plural femmes fa·tales [fem fuh-talz, -tahlz, fey-; French fam fa-tal] /ˌfɛm fəˈtælz, -ˈtɑlz, feɪ-; French fam faˈtal/.

an irresistibly attractive woman, especially one who leads men into difficult, dangerous, or disastrous situations; siren.

Nearby words

  1. feminity,
  2. feminization,
  3. feminize,
  4. femme,
  5. femme de chambre,
  6. femmy,
  7. femora,
  8. femoral,
  9. femoral artery,
  10. femoral canal

Origin of femme fatale

< French: literally, fatal woman

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femme fatale

noun plural femmes fatales (fam fatal, English ˈfɛm fəˈtælz, -ˈtɑːlz)

an alluring or seductive woman, esp one who causes men to love her to their own distress

Word Origin for femme fatale

fatal woman

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femme fatale

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