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Jul 11, 2012
This week's theme
Words borrowed from French

This week's words
risque
billet-doux
femme fatale
pudeur
dishabille

Mata Hari, the archetypal femme fatale
Mata Hari, the archetypal femme fatale
Photo: Lucien Walery

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femme fatale

PRONUNCIATION:
(fem fuh-TAHL)
plural femmes fatales (fem fuh-TAHLZ)

MEANING:
noun: An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who leads others into disaster.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French, literally fatal woman. Earliest documented use: 1879. Also see siren.

USAGE:
"The film sees Depp's math teacher character falling for Jolie's femme fatale as she spins a web of mystery."
John Irish; A Minute With: Angelina Jolie; Reuters (UK); Dec 9, 2010.

See more usage examples of femme fatale in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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