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Masculine–feminine pair

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A masculine–feminine pair or gender pair is a pair of words having related meanings but where one is typically masculine and the other typically feminine.

There are a few examples of these in English, mainly nouns and pronouns. Many personal names have masculine and feminine forms, e.g. Paul (m) Paula/Paulette/Pauline (f). There are few gendered adjectives in English, the most common one being né(e).


Examples[edit | edit source]

Pronouns[edit | edit source]

English third person singular pronouns are gendered as follows:

Type Masculine form Feminine form
Subject pronoun he she
Object pronoun him her
Dependent possessive pronoun his her
Independent possessive pronoun his hers
Reflexive pronoun himself herself

Family nouns[edit | edit source]

English family nouns are typically gendered:

Masculine noun Feminine noun Meaning
boy girl “child”
gentleman lady respectable person
husband wife spouse
fiancé fiancée fiancé(e)
man woman adult human
brother sister sibling
uncle aunt One’s parent’s sibling
widower widow A person whose spouse is deceased.
nephew niece One’s sibling’s child
dad mum/mom parent
father mother parent
son daughter child
bachelor spinster unmarried person

There’s also a whole set of animals and a whole set of aristocratic ranks.

aristocratic ranks[edit | edit source]

Masculine noun Feminine noun Meaning
baron baroness
duke duchess
count countess
earl countess
emperor empress
king queen
knight dame
lord lady
marquess marchioness
prince princess
viscount viscountess