Definition of femme fatale in English:

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femme fatale

Pronunciation: /ˌfem fəˈtal/ Pronunciation: /ˌfem fəˈtäl/

noun (plural femmes fatales pronounced same)

An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately bring disaster to a man who becomes involved with her.
Example sentences
  • Elijah expected a beautiful mirage of glittering, ethereal beauty, the ultimate femme fatale, but now he knew not what to think.
  • She is the femme fatale whose seductive voice, glamorous hair, and voluptuous body Rita Hayworth lent to the screen in 1946.
  • Yet to many observers these are the femmes fatales of the markets - seductive but essentially destructive temptresses.
seductress, temptress, siren, enchantress;
Delilah, Lorelei
informal vamp, man-eater, home wrecker


Early 20th century: French, literally 'disastrous woman'.

Words that rhyme with femme fatale

Amal, Arles, banal, Barisal, Basle, Bhopal, Carl, chorale, corral, dhal, entente cordiale, Escorial, farl, Funchal, gayal, gnarl, halal, Karl, kraal, locale, marl, morale, musicale, Pascal, pastorale, procès-verbal, Provençal, rationale, real, rial, riyal, snarl, Taal, Taj Mahal, timbale, toile, Vaal, Vidal, Waal

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Syllabification: femme fa·tale

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