Definition of femme in English:


(also fem)


  • A lesbian whose appearance and behavior are seen as traditionally feminine.

    Often contrasted with butch
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


1960s: French, woman.