Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women

Etymologies

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

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