adj. Of or pertaining to a woman, or to women; characteristic of a woman; womanish; womanly. 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. Feminine rhyme. (Pros.) See Female rhyme, under Female, adj.
Syn. - See Female, adj.
- n. A woman. (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. What belongs to the female sex. When the feminine is used, it is generally confined to females; as, if a man bequeathed all his mares to his son, his horses would not pass.