What does gender mean?

Definitions for gender
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"

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Gender(noun)

    sex, male or female

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Gender(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Gender(noun)

    to beget; to engender

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Gender(verb)

    to copulate; to breed

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. gender

    The fact of being a male or female human being or male or female living organism.

    Gender is used in human resources data and reports for various purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 25, 2020  

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
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say gender in sign language?

  1. gender

Numerology

  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. Aimee Pistorius:

    The thing I'm most grateful (for) and the thing I really appreciate is the emphasis she made to distinguish a difference between the facts and the truth in terms of this is not a gender-based violence situation, it's a terrible accident where Oscar had no intention of shooting Reeva.

  2. Ravi Verma:

    If today's boys are taught to question gender abuse now, they are less likely to be violent when they become men tomorrow, and if girls are taught to speak out now, they will be less likely to endure it as adults.

  3. Boston Celtics:

    Paul Jacobs don't want to have unintended consequences of any rule so it really needs to be discussed and deliberated, but I think the feeling is there in the NBA that we want to be gender neutral, we want to be race neutral and it's all about a meritocracy.

  4. Noel Brewer:

    It suggests that gender-neutral vaccination is important, parents should get HPV vaccination for their children whether they’re boys or girls.

  5. Taylor Swift:

    I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country, i believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG.

Images & Illustrations of gender

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