In English, a feminine noun always belongs to the personal gender, never the impersonal gender, and within the personal gender contrasts with masculine. Most people who are referred to using feminine nouns are biologically female, though many are not. Feminine nouns are also often used to refer to female animals. The feminine pronouns in English are "she", "her", "hers" and "herself" and all these third person singular, there are no equivalents for the third person plural or other grammatical persons, rather common gender pronouns are used instead.
Examples of feminine nouns in English
|Personal names||Ruth, Samantha, Victoria, etc, etc, etc|
|Nouns for describing people||girl, lady, woman|
|Family-related nouns||aunt, daughter, fiancée, mother, niece, sister, spinster, widower, wife|
|Descriptions of nationality, ethnicity, etc||Dutchwoman, Englishwoman, Filipina, Frenchwoman, Irishwoman, Latina, Manxwoman, Scotswoman, Welshwoman, Yorkshirewoman|
|Gendered job titles||actress, seamstress, waitress, compounds with -woman (e.g. policewoman, saleswoman, etc)|
|Aristocratic ranks||baroness, countess, duchess, empress, marchioness, princess, queen, viscountess|
|Female animals||bitch, cow, dam, doe, ewe, filly, hen, lioness, mare, queen, tigress, vixen|
Gender-neutral language, which uses the common gender to cover feminine, masculine and non-binary is preferred by many especially in formal registers of contemporary English. This is less common however in historical English.
Unlike many other languages, English does not have gender concord whereby other words must agree with the gender of the noun.