Definitions for lesbian
ˈlɛz bi ənles·bian
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lesbian, tribade, gay womannoun
a female homosexual
a resident of Lesbos
of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman
Homosexual; -- applied to female homosexuals.
A homosexual female, a female who is sexually or romantically attracted to other females.
Homosexual; preferring female romantic or sexual partners.
She is lesbian.
Homosexual, specifically between two women.
Intended for lesbians.
We're going to a lesbian bar tonight.
An inhabitant of Lesbos
A homosexual woman.
Of or pertaining to the island of Lesbos.
She is lesbian.
(used of women) Homosexual.
Etymology: 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.
A lesbian is a homosexual woman or girl. The word is also used for women in relation to their sexual identity or sexual behavior, regardless of sexual orientation, or as an adjective to characterize or associate nouns with female homosexuality or same-sex attraction. The concept of "lesbian" to differentiate women with a shared sexual orientation evolved in the 20th century. Throughout history, women have not had the same freedom or independence as men to pursue homosexual relationships, but neither have they met the same harsh punishment as homosexual men in some societies. Instead, lesbian relationships have often been regarded as harmless, unless a participant attempts to assert privileges traditionally enjoyed by men. As a result, little in history was documented to give an accurate description of how female homosexuality was expressed. When early sexologists in the late 19th century began to categorize and describe homosexual behavior, hampered by a lack of knowledge about homosexuality or women's sexuality, they distinguished lesbians as women who did not adhere to female gender roles. They classified them as mentally ill—a designation which has been reversed since the late 20th century in the global scientific community. Women in homosexual relationships in Europe and the United States responded to the discrimination and repression either by hiding their personal lives, or accepting the label of outcast and creating a subculture and identity. Following World War II, during a period of social repression when governments actively persecuted homosexuals, women developed networks to socialize with and educate each other. Gaining greater economic and social freedom allowed them to determine how they could form relationships and families. With second-wave feminism and the growth of scholarship in women's history and sexuality in the late 20th century, the definition of lesbian broadened, leading to debate about the term's use. While research by Lisa M. Diamond identified sexual desire as the core component for defining lesbians, some women who engage in same-sex sexual activity may reject not only identifying as lesbians but as bisexual as well. Other women's self-identification as lesbian may not align with their sexual orientation or sexual behavior. Sexual identity is not necessarily the same as one's sexual orientation or sexual behavior, due to various reasons, such as the fear of identifying their sexual orientation in a homophobic setting. Portrayals of lesbians in the media suggest that society at large has been simultaneously intrigued and threatened by women who challenge feminine gender roles, as well as fascinated and appalled with women who are romantically involved with other women. Women who adopt a lesbian identity share experiences that form an outlook similar to an ethnic identity: as homosexuals, they are unified by the heterosexist discrimination and potential rejection they face from their families, friends, and others as a result of homophobia. As women, they face concerns separate from men. Lesbians may encounter distinct physical or mental health concerns arising from discrimination, prejudice, and minority stress. Political conditions and social attitudes also affect the formation of lesbian relationships and families in the open.
A lesbian is a woman who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to other women. The term is used to describe a woman's sexual orientation, in which her emotional, romantic, sexual, and affectional attractions are predominantly towards other women. The term is also sometimes used more broadly to refer to any female-identified individuals attracted to other female-identified individuals.
of or pertaining to the island anciently called Lesbos, now Mitylene, in the Grecian Archipelago
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
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.
The numerical value of lesbian in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of lesbian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Political is personal; personal is political. I never was a political person until I realized I was a lesbian. I was this oblivious middle-class white kid who didn’t understand the powers of oppression or structure or anything. My very existence became politicized for me and that’s what enabled me to see all these things. It wasn’t just me, it was a whole cultural movement that was also doing those things that I was a part of.
Other countries should follow and allow the registration of organizations advocating for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a lesbian.
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.
When Pat Buchanan thundered, and I quote, We stand with George Bush against the amoral idea that gay and lesbian couples should have the same standing in law as married men and women, I wondered: Who is Pat Buchanan to pronounce anybody's love invalid?
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- lesbiër, lesbiërs, lesbiesAfrikaans
- سحاقي, ليزبيان, سحاقية, مثليهArabic
- лесбійскі, лесбія́нкаBelarusian
- лесби́йка, лесбийскиBulgarian
- lesbiana, lesbiàCatalan, Valencian
- lesbička, lesbickýCzech
- Lesbe, lesbisch, Lesben-, LesbierinGerman
- λεσβία, λεσβιακόςGreek
- lesbolainen, lesboFinnish
- lesbienne, lesbien, gouineFrench
- leasbachScottish Gaelic
- लेस्बियन, समलैंगिकHindi
- leszbikus, leszbia, leszbosziHungarian
- lesbica, lesbicoItalian
- レズビアン, レズ, 同性愛の女性Japanese
- лесбиянка, лесбиянKazakh
- ស្ដ្រីដែលប្រតិព័ទ្ធស្ដ្រីដូចគ្នា, ស្ត្រីស្រឡាញ់ស្ត្រីដូចគ្នាKhmer
- лесбиянка, лесбиянKyrgyz
- tribas, LesbiaciLatin
- Lesb, lesbeschLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- лезбејски, ле́збејкаMacedonian
- lesbo, lesbisch, lesbi, lesbienneDutch
- lesbijka, lesbijski, lesbijkiPolish
- sapatão, lésbica, lésbicoPortuguese
- lesbiană, lesbiRomanian
- лесбийский, лесбия́нка, лесбиянский, ле́сби, лесбиянкаRussian
- lesbaNorthern Sami
- лезбийка, лезбејка, lezbijka, лезбејски, lezbejski, lezbejkaSerbo-Croatian
- lesbický, lesbička, lesbaSlovak
- lezbijka, lezbičniSlovene
- flata, lesbiskSwedish
- หญิงรักร่วมเพศ, เลสเบี้ยนThai
- lezbiýanka, lezbiýanTurkmen
- lesbiyana, tomboy, tiboTagalog
- лесбія́нка, лесбійський, лесбі́йкаUkrainian
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