Definitions for Genderˈdʒɛn dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gen•der*ˈdʒɛn dər(n.)

  1. a set of grammatical categories applied to nouns, shown by the form of the noun itself or the choice of words that modify, replace, or refer to it, often correlated in part with sex or animateness, as in the choice of he to replace the man,she to replace the woman, or it to replace the table, but sometimes based on arbitrary assignment without regard to the referent of the noun, as in French le livre (masculine) “the bo

    Category: Grammar

  2. sex: the societal or behavioral aspects of sexual identity:

    the feminine gender.

    gender studies.

  3. Archaic. kind, sort, or class.

* Usage.: The use of gender in the sense “sex” (The author's gender should be irrelevant.) is over 600 years old. Although some people feel that gender should be reserved for grammatical category only, the “sex” sense of gender is now extremely common; sex itself is becoming increasingly rare except when referring to copulation.

Origin of gender:

1300–50; < MF gen(d)re < L gener-, s. of genus kind, sort; cf. genus


gen•derˈdʒɛn dər(v.t.; v.i.)

  1. Archaic. to engender.

  2. Obs. to breed.

Origin of gender:

1300–50; ME < MF gendrer < L generāre to beget; see generate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gender, grammatical gender(noun)

    a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness

  2. sex, gender, sexuality(noun)

    the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles

    "she didn't want to know the sex of the foetus"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gender(noun)ˈdʒɛn dər

    sb's status as male or female

    Please state your age, race and gender.; gender differences/relations

  2. genderˈdʒɛn dər

    in grammar, the status of a word as masculine, feminine, or neuter

    ***the gender of the noun


  1. gender(Noun)

    A division of nouns and pronouns (and sometimes of other parts of speech), such as masculine, feminine, neuter or common.

  2. gender(Noun)

    A division between classes or kinds.

  3. gender(Noun)

    The mental analogue of sex: one's maleness (masculinity), femaleness (femininity), etc., as seen from one's own perspective.

    Susan's gender is neither male nor female; ze identifies as two-spirit.

  4. gender(Noun)

    A socio-cultural phenomenon that divides people into various categories such as "male" and "female", with each having associated dress, roles, stereotypes, etc.

    Gender in Western society is often viewed as a binary entity, with only males and females.

  5. gender(Verb)

    to engender

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gender(noun)

    kind; sort

  2. Gender(noun)

    sex, male or female

  3. Gender(noun)

    a classification of nouns, primarily according to sex; and secondarily according to some fancied or imputed quality associated with sex

  4. Gender(noun)

    to beget; to engender

  5. Gender(verb)

    to copulate; to breed


  1. Gender

    Gender is a range of physical, mental, and behavioral characteristics distinguishing between masculinity and femininity. Depending on the context, the term may refer to biological sex, social roles, or gender identity. Sexologist John Money introduced the terminological distinction between biological sex and gender as a role in 1955. Before his work, it was uncommon to use the word "gender" to refer to anything but grammatical categories. However, Money's meaning of the word did not become widespread until the 1970s, when feminist theory embraced the distinction between biological sex and the social construct of gender. Today, the distinction is strictly followed in some contexts, especially the social sciences and documents written by the World Health Organization. However, in most other contexts, even in some areas of social sciences, the meaning of gender has undergone a usage shift to include "sex" or even to replace the latter word. Although this gradual change in the meaning of gender can be traced to the 1980s, a small acceleration of the process in the scientific literature was observed when the Food and Drug Administration started to use "gender" instead of "sex" in 1993. "Gender" is now commonly used even to refer to the physiology of non-human animals, without any implication of social gender roles.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Gender' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4424

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Gender' in Nouns Frequency: #1827

Translations for Gender

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any of a number of classes into which nouns and pronouns can be divided (eg masculine, feminine, neuter).

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