I. fe ‧ male 1 S3 W2 /ˈfiːmeɪl/ BrE AmE adjective
1 . relating to women or girls OPP male ⇨ feminine :
Over half of the staff are female.
2 . belonging to the sex that can have babies or produce eggs OPP male :
a female spider
3 . a female plant or flower produces fruit OPP male
4 . technical a female part of a piece of equipment has holes into which the male part can be fitted OPP male
II. female 2 W3 BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: femelle (influenced by male ), from Latin femella 'girl' ]
1 . an animal that belongs to the sex that can have babies or produce eggs OPP male
2 . a woman or girl OPP male :
As a group, females performed better on the test than males.
3 . a plant that produces flowers or fruit OPP male