What does lesbian mean?

Definitions for lesbianˈlɛz bi ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lesbian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lesbian, tribade, gay woman(noun)

    a female homosexual

  2. Lesbian(adj)

    a resident of Lesbos

  3. lesbian, sapphic(adj)

    of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman


  1. Lesbian(a.)

    Homosexual; -- applied to female homosexuals.


  1. lesbian(Noun)

    A homosexual female, a female who is sexually or romantically attracted to other females.

  2. lesbian(Adjective)

    Homosexual; preferring female romantic or sexual partners.

    She is lesbian.

  3. lesbian(Adjective)

    Homosexual, specifically between two women.

  4. lesbian(Adjective)

    Intended for lesbians.

    We're going to a lesbian bar tonight.

  5. Lesbian(Noun)

    An inhabitant of Lesbos

  6. Lesbian(Noun)

    A homosexual woman.

  7. Lesbian(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the island of Lesbos.

    She is lesbian.

  8. Lesbian(Adjective)

    (used of women) Homosexual.

  9. Origin: From Lesbius + adjective suffix -an, from Latin adjective suffix -anus, -ana. The sense of ‘homosexual’ is a reference to Sappho, a famous Lesbian and lesbian poet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lesbian(adj)

    of or pertaining to the island anciently called Lesbos, now Mitylene, in the Grecian Archipelago


  1. Lesbian

    Lesbian is the term most widely used in the English language to describe sexual and romantic attraction between females. The word may be used as a noun, to refer to women who identify themselves or who are characterized by others as having the primary attribute of female homosexuality, or as an adjective, to describe characteristics of an object or activity related to female same-sex attraction. "Lesbian" as a concept, used to differentiate women with a shared sexual orientation, is a 20th-century construct. Throughout history, women have not had the same freedom or independence to pursue homosexual relationships as men, but neither have they met the same harsh punishment as homosexual men in some societies. Instead, lesbian relationships have often been regarded as harmless and incomparable to heterosexual ones unless the participants attempted to assert privileges traditionally enjoyed by men. As a result, little in history has been documented to give an accurate description of how female homosexuality has been expressed. When early sexologists in the late 19th century began to categorize and describe homosexual behavior, hampered by a lack of knowledge about the female homosexuality or women's sexuality, they distinguished lesbians as women who did not adhere to female gender roles and incorrectly designated them mentally ill - a designation which has been reversed in the global scientific community.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lesbian

    les′bi-an, adj. pertaining to the island of Lesbos in the Ægean Sea, and the adjoining part of the coast of Asia Minor, together forming Æolis, the home of a famous school of lyric poets, including Alcæus and Sappho: amatory, erotic.

Anagrams for lesbian »

  1. ansible

  2. bilanes


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lesbian in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lesbian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aydian Dowling:

    I didn’t want to be trans, i was scared, and I thought being a lesbian was hard enough.

  2. Maina Kiai:

    Other countries should follow and allow the registration of organizations advocating for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

  3. Kittredge Cherry:

    The queer Christ is necessary because conservatives are using Christian rhetoric to justify discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

  4. Mary Harrington:

    I voted yes. It's outrageous that my gay and lesbian friends are not able to do what they want to do. a right is a right. It's 'yes' all the way. We shouldn't even be voting on this issue.

  5. Amy Jacobson:

    Heather was the beginning of the process of us realizing as a lesbian couple that there were going to be many battles, and we just had to do them, 'Heather' paved some way but there was a lot 'Heather' couldn't do that we had to just do.

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