Definitions for Homosexualˌhoʊ məˈsɛk ʃu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ho•mo•sex•u•al*ˌhoʊ məˈsɛk ʃu əl(adj.)

  1. attracted sexually to members of one's own sex.

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  2. of or pertaining to homosexuality.

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  3. (n.)a homosexual person.

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* Usage: See gay.

Origin of homosexual:

1890–95

Princeton's WordNet

  1. homosexual, homophile, homo, gay(adj)

    someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex

  2. homosexual(adj)

    sexually attracted to members of your own sex

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. homosexual(adjective)ˌhoʊ məˈsɛk ʃu əl

    attracted to people of the same sex as yourself

    a homosexual relationship

  2. homosexual(noun)ˌhoʊ məˈsɛk ʃu əl

    sb who is homosexual

Wiktionary

  1. homosexual(Noun)

    A person who is attracted solely or primarily to others of the same sex.

  2. homosexual(Adjective)

    Sexually attracted solely or primarily to other members of the same sex.

  3. homosexual(Adjective)

    Pertaining to homosexuality, as a relationship, an attraction, a desire, etc.

  4. homosexual(Adjective)

    Intended for or used by homosexuals, as a nightclub, a bar, etc.

Freebase

  1. Gay

    Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term was originally used to refer to feelings of being "carefree", "happy", or "bright and showy". The term's use as a reference to homosexuality may date as early as the late 19th century, but its use gradually increased in the 20th century. In modern English, gay has come to be used as an adjective, and as a noun, referring to the people, especially to gay males, and the practices and cultures associated with homosexuality. By the end of the 20th century, the word gay was recommended by major LGBT groups and style guides to describe people attracted to members of the same sex. At about the same time, a new, pejorative use became prevalent in some parts of the world. In the Anglosphere, this connotation, among younger speakers, has a derisive meaning equivalent to rubbish or stupid. In this use, the word does not mean "homosexual", so it can be used, for example, to refer to an inanimate object or abstract concept of which one disapproves. This usage can also refer to weakness or unmanliness.


Translations for Homosexual

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

homosexual(noun)

(a person, especially a man, who is) sexually attracted to people of the same sex.

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