from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
- n. The movement organized around this belief.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A social theory or political movement arguing that legal and social restrictions on females must be removed in order to bring about equality of both sexes in all aspects of public and private life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The qualities of females.
- n. The presence of specifically feminine characteristics in the male.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the movement aimed at equal rights for women
- n. a doctrine that advocates equal rights for women
From French féminisme circa 1837, ultimately from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina ("woman"). First recorded in English in 1851, originally meaning "the state of being feminine." Sense of "advocacy of women's rights" is from 1895. (Wiktionary)