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ˈdʒɛn dərgen·der

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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"


  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

  6. Origin: [OF. genre, gendre (with excrescent d.), F.genre, fr. L. genus, generis, birth, descent, race, kind, gender, fr. the root of genere, gignere, to beget, in pass., to be born, akin to E. kin. See Kin, and cf. Generate, Genre, Gentle, Genus.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gender

    jen′dėr, v.t. to beget.—v.i. (B.) to copulate. [An abbrev. of engender.]

  2. Gender

    jen′dėr, n. kind, esp. with regard to sex: (gram.) the distinction of nouns according to sex. [Fr. genre—L. genus, generis, a kind, kin.]

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

How to pronounce gender?

  1. Alex
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How to say gender in sign language?

  1. gender


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gender in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gender in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of gender in a Sentence

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    Thought has no gender.

  2. Jennifer Fonstad:

    We are gender neutral as a firm.

  3. Mary Kay Kisthardt:

    We're not a post-gender society.

  4. Aubrey Bach:

    The gender pay gap is absolutely real.

  5. Donald Tusk:

    Gender balance means at least two women.

Images & Illustrations of gender

  1. gendergendergendergendergender

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