-noun1. A woman of great seductive charm who leads men into compromising or dangerous situations.
2. An alluring, mysterious woman.
A French phrase with the literal translation "fatal woman". A femme fatale is a sensuous, alluring woman who often leads men into danger or trouble. A classic example of the femme fatale is the nameless character in Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch, portrayed by Marilyn Monroe in the film adaptation.