Masculine and Feminine Nouns

Masculine and feminine nouns are used every day to help describe a person, place, thing, or title for either a male or female item. Masculine nouns are meant to show the male form of something, and feminine nouns are meant to show the female form. By using these different types of nouns, you can easily convey the gender of something or someone that you are talking about in a sentence.

Quick tip:

Masculine nouns belong to the masculine gender.

Feminine nouns belong to the feminine gender.

Here are some great examples of both masculine and feminine nouns that you use or hear constantly:

Masculine Nouns For People

Masculine Nouns For Animals

boy

rooster

man

tiger

waiter

ram

king

lion

actor

stallion

brother

gander

father

fox

master

drake

son

jack

nephew

buck

 emperor

bull

 

Feminine Nouns For People

Feminine Nouns For Animals

girl

hen

woman

cow

princess

tigress

waitress

ewe

bride

lioness

queen

vixen

sister

goose

mother

mare

niece

duck

daughter

jenny

aunt

doe

Here are some examples of masculine nouns in a sentence:

  • The girl is wearing a dress.
  • The boy is wearing jeans.
  • The king is walking through the castle.
  • The queen is riding horses.
  • The waiter brought our food.
  • The waitress took our order.
  • The bull is eating hay.
  • The cow is drinking water.
  • The goose is sitting on eggs.
  • The gander is getting food.

When you hear these specific nouns, you know automatically if they are talking about a male or female item.

There are other nouns that are used for different genders but are used for both male and female terms. These are called common gender nouns and go hand in hand with both masculine and feminine nouns. Here are some examples of regularly used common gender nouns:

lawyer

artist

teacher

dancer

parent

scientist

doctor

baby

singer

nurse

Here are some sentences to show you how these common gender nouns are used:

  • The doctor visited the patient.
  • The scientist invented a new medicine.
  • The dancer spun through the air.
  • The artist painted a new picture.
  • The singer sang a beautiful song.
  • The baby is really cute.
  • The nurse helped us find the right room.

Nouns that end in -ess and -ress often belong to the feminine gender. For example:

  1. actress
  2. lioness
  3. princess
  4. stewardess
  5. tigress
  6. waitress

Of course, there are some nouns that are neither male or female. These are called neuter nouns. Here are some examples of neuter nouns:

floor

rock

wind

fire

sky

ball

card

cake

forest

leaves

Here are some sentences to show you how these common neuter nouns are used:

  • The leaves fell off the tree.
  • The cake has chocolate icing.
  • The sky is blue.
  • The wind is strong today.
  • The ball bounced really high.
  • The forest is very green after the rain.