fem·i·nine /ˈfɛmənən/ 形容詞
1. Of or pertaining to a woman, or to women; characteristic of a woman; womanish; womanly.
Her letters are remarkably deficient in feminine ease and grace. --Macaulay.
2. Having the qualities of a woman; becoming or appropriate to the female sex; as, in a good sense, modest, graceful, affectionate, confiding; or, in a bad sense, weak, nerveless, timid, pleasure-loving, effeminate.
Her heavenly form
Angelic, but more soft and feminine. --Milton.
Ninus being esteemed no man of war at all, but altogether feminine, and subject to ease and delicacy. --Sir W. Raleigh.
Feminine rhyme. Pros. See Female rhyme, under Female, a.
Syn: -- See Female, a.
1. A woman. [Obs. or Colloq.]
They guide the feminines toward the palace. --Hakluyt.
2. Gram. Any one of those words which are the appellations of females, or which have the terminations usually found in such words; as, actress, songstress, abbess, executrix.
There are but few true feminines in English. --Latham.
adj 1: associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"
2: of grammatical gender [ant: neuter, masculine]
3: befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature
woman; "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"
[syn: womanly] [ant: unwomanly]
4: (music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable;
"a feminine ending"
n : a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to
females or to objects classified as female