Definition of femme in English:

femme

(also fem)

noun

informal
  • 1A woman.

    ‘Gwen is one seriously fierce femme as she shows off her strength’
    as modifier ‘a post-feminist metaphor for femme empowerment’
    • ‘By the late 1920s and early 1930s, butch numbers like Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo were planting passionate kisses on the lips of lovely femmes in their films while having lesbian love affairs in real life.’
    • ‘My friends are largely femmes who date only butches - so many of us have dated or at least slept with the same ones.’
    • ‘Lesbian femmes may recall the heterosexual scene, as it were, but also displace it at the same time.’
    • ‘You see butches with butches but you never see butches with femmes anymore.’
    • ‘But I just can't see how any of that has anything to do with being a butch or a femme.’
    1. 1.1 A lesbian whose appearance and behaviour are seen as traditionally feminine.
      Compare with butch
      • ‘Lesbian femmes may recall the heterosexual scene, as it were, but also displace it at the same time.’
      • ‘But I just can't see how any of that has anything to do with being a butch or a femme.’
      • ‘By the late 1920s and early 1930s, butch numbers like Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo were planting passionate kisses on the lips of lovely femmes in their films while having lesbian love affairs in real life.’
      • ‘My friends are largely femmes who date only butches - so many of us have dated or at least slept with the same ones.’
      • ‘You see butches with butches but you never see butches with femmes anymore.’

Origin

Early 19th century: French, ‘woman’.

Pronunciation

femme

/fɛm/