femininity

Femininity is a quality of acting in a typically womanly, girlish, or feminine way. Different cultures have different ideas of what femininity looks like.

If you're a gentle, sweet-natured person, your grandmother may praise your femininity. You might argue, however, that your brother is even sweeter and more soft-spoken than you are. Society has a particular idea and definition of exactly what femininity is, but this varies widely for individual women. Femininity comes from the adjective feminine, "relating to women," from the Latin femina, "woman."

Definitions of femininity
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n the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women

Synonyms:
muliebrity
Antonyms:
masculinity
the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for men
Types:
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womanlike, womanliness
the trait of being womanly; having the characteristics of an adult female
ladylikeness
behavior befitting a lady
maidenliness
behavior befitting a young maiden
girlishness
being characteristic of a girl
effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, softness, unmanliness, womanishness
the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)
emasculation
loss of power and masculinity
Type of:
trait
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

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