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’
    • ‘But I just can't see how any of that has anything to do with being a butch or a femme.’
    • ‘You see butches with butches but you never see butches with femmes anymore.’
    • ‘Lesbian femmes may recall the heterosexual scene, as it were, but also displace it at the same time.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A lesbian whose appearance and behavior 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I just can't see how any of that has anything to do with being a butch or a femme.’
      • ‘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

/fem//fɛm/