Definition of femme fatale in English:

femme fatale

Syllabification: femme fa·tale
Pronunciation: /ˌfem fəˈtal, fəˈtäl

noun (plural femmes fatales pronunc. same)

  • An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately bring disaster to a man who becomes involved with her.
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    • 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'.

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