femme fatale

[ fem fuh-tal, -tahl, fey-; French fam fa-tal ]
/ ˌfɛm fəˈtæl, -ˈtɑl, feɪ-; French fam faˈtal /

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.

Origin of femme fatale

< French: literally, fatal woman
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femme fatale
/ French (fam fatal, English ˈfɛm fəˈtæl, -ˈtɑːl) /

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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