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Definitions for gender
ˈdʒɛn dərgen·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gender, grammatical gendernoun

    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, sexualitynoun

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

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


  1. gendernoun

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

  2. gendernoun

    A division between classes or kinds.

  3. gendernoun

    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. gendernoun

    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. genderverb

    to engender

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gendernoun

    Etymology: genus, Latin; gendre, French.

    Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners; so that if we will supply it with one gender of herbs, or distract it with many, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our will. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The other motive,
    Why to a publick court I might not go,
    Is the great love the general gender bear me. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Cubitus, sometimes cubitum in the neutral gender, signifies the lower part of the arm on which we lean. Arbuthnot.

    Ulysses speaks of Nausicaa, yet immediately changes the words into the masculine gender. Notes on the Odyssey.

  2. To Genderverb

    Etymology: engendrer, French.

    Foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strife. 2 Tim. ii. 23.

  3. To Genderverb

    To copulate; to breed.

    A cistern for foul toads
    To gender in. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind. Lev. xix. 19.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gendernoun

    kind; sort

  2. Gendernoun

    sex, male or female

  3. Gendernoun

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

  4. Gendernoun

    to beget; to engender

  5. Genderverb

    to copulate; to breed

  6. 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.]


  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

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  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. Connie Long:

    Read MoreSisters just haven't experienced that type of violence firsthand, but knowing what happened to Maggie and just the nature of the violence, it is something that should be taken into consideration, her race, her gender, you know, all of those are contributing factors for why these perpetrators thought it was OK to do that to her.

  2. Tanner Cross:

    Tanner Cross is Tanner Cross and I am speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria.

  3. Marti Cummings:

    Our Supreme Court did something! it was a 6-3 ruling that said we are allowed to have jobs. That we are allowed to go to work and be ourselves, that we can show up at work and say that I am a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, genderqueer, two spirit person.

  4. Packer Gage:

    She starts out having some benefits of gender because she is something different, but then starts to feel like a typical politician and gets back down to earth, you do see her starting to frame her campaign as a campaign for women, but that's a narrow campaign, not a winning campaign. You aren't going to win 100% of women.

  5. Jean Malpas:

    Pride Is For Kids, Too. gFP and the participating families very much hope that such a positive demonstration of pride and support for gender nonconforming children and transgender adolescents will inspire other families to provide the supportive and caring environment these children need to live happy lives.

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    To cause to become
    • A. transpire
    • B. elaborate
    • C. render
    • D. cleave

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