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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being feminine.
  • n. A characteristic or trait traditionally held to be female.
  • n. Women considered as a group.
  • n. Effeminacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sum of all attributes that convey (or are perceived to convey) womanhood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or nature of the female sex; womanliness.
  • n. The female form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being feminine; female nature; womanliness.
  • n. Womanhood; women collectively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women

Etymologies

From Latin femina ("woman" or "female", literally, "she who suckles"). Related to Latin fellare ("to suck, suckle"). (Wiktionary)

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