Female - Feminine / Male - Masculine
Female / Male
Use female or male when referring to the sex of people, plants and animals.
The female bear can be ferocious when defending its cubs.
Are you female or male?
Feminine / Masculine
Use feminine or masculine when referring to a characteristic that you feel is representative of the male or female of the species.
Some people feel that he is rather feminine.
The decorating was very masculine in that house.
Femininity / Masculinity
These are the noun forms and refer to the state of being either feminine or masculine.
Feminiity was viewed as a curse when displayed by males before the twentieth century.
Some wonder if his masculinity is too stressed.
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