female etymology

English word female comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) femelle

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word female. Currently you are viewing the etymology of female with the meaning: (Adjective Noun) (figuratively) Having an internal socket, as in a connector or pipe fitting. [from 16th c.]. (grammar, less common than 'feminine') Feminine; of the feminine grammatical gender.. Belonging to [...](figuratively) Having an internal socket, as in a connector or pipe fitting. [from 16th c.]. (grammar, less common than 'feminine') Feminine; of the feminine grammatical gender.. Belonging to [...]

Detailed word origin of female

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
femelle Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
femel Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
female Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
female English (eng) (figuratively) Having an internal socket, as in a connector or pipe fitting. [from 16th c.]. (grammar, less common than 'feminine') Feminine; of the feminine grammatical gender.. Belonging to the sex which typically produces eggs (ova), or to the gender which is typically associated with it. [from 14th c.]. Characteristic of this sex/gender. (Compare feminine, womanly.). Tending to lead to [...]

Words with the same origin as female

Descendants of femelle
cis female trans female