female

adjective

  • 1

    Of or denoting the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova) which can be fertilized by male gametes.

  • 2

    Of or denoting a gender of nouns and adjectives, conventionally regarded as female.

  • 3

    Having qualities or an appearance traditionally associated with women, especially delicacy and prettiness.

noun

Dialects

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Emoji One's woman emoji Apple's woman emoji Twemoji's woman emoji Facebook's woman emoji Messenger's woman emoji Google's woman emoji
Emoji One's blond-haired woman emoji Apple's blond-haired woman emoji Twemoji's blond-haired woman emoji Facebook's blond-haired woman emoji Messenger does not support blond-haired woman emoji Google's blond-haired woman emoji
Emoji One's female sign emoji Apple does not support female sign emoji Twemoji's female sign emoji Facebook's female sign emoji Messenger does not support female sign emoji Google's female sign emoji

Origin

Middle English: from Old French femelle, from Latin femella, diminutive of femina ‘a woman’. The change in the ending was due to association with male, but the words male and female are not linked etymologically.

Pronunciation

  • female /ˈfiːmeɪl/