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Meaning of gender by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /ʤɛndə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ʤɛndɚ/
    • Rhymes: -ɛndə( r )

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English, from Middle French gendre/genre, from Latin genus ( “kind, sort” ). The verb developed after the noun .


    gender ( plural: genders )

    1. ( grammar ) A division of nouns and pronouns ( かつ sometimes of other parts of speech ), such as masculine, feminine, neuter or common .
    2. ( sometimes proscribed ) The biological sex of an individual ( usually male or female ) .
    3. The mental analogue of sex: one's maleness ( masculinity ) or femaleness ( femininity ). ( Also called gender identity. )
    4. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) A socio-cultural phenomenon that divides people into various categories such as "male" and "female", with each having associated dress, roles, stereotypes, etc.
    5. ( obsolete ) A division between classes or kinds .
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    gender ( third-person singular simple present genders present participle gendering, simple past and past participle gendered )

    1. ( sociology, of a text, an object, etc ) This word needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    2. ( sociology, of a person ) To assign ( someone else ) a gender; to perceive ( someone else ) as having a gender.

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English gendren, genderen, from Middle French gendrer, from Latin generāre .


    gender ( third-person singular simple present genders present participle gendering, simple past and past participle gendered )

    1. ( archaic ) To engender .
    2. ( archaic or obsolete ) To breed.

Explanation of gender by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives

    Definition of gender by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Gender ( jĕndẽr ), n. [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. Kind; sort. [Obs.] “One gender of herbs.” Shak.

      2. Sex, male or female.

      ☞ The use of the term gender to refer to the sex of an animal, especially a person, was once common, then fell into disuse as the term became used primarily for the distinction of grammatical declension forms in inflected words. In the late 1900's, the term again became used to refer to the sex of people, as a euphemism for the term sex, especially in discussions of laws and policies on equal treatment of sexes. Objections by prescriptivists that the term should be used only in a grammatical context ignored the earlier uses.

      3. ( Gram. ) A classification of nouns, primarily according to sex; and secondarily according to some fancied or imputed quality associated with sex.

      Gender is a grammatical distinction and applies to words only. Sex is natural distinction and applies to living objects. R. Morris.

      ☞ Adjectives and pronouns are said to vary in gender when the form is varied according to the gender of the words to which they refer.

    2. Gender v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gendered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Gendering.] [OF. gendrer, fr. L. generare. See Gender, n.] To beget; to engender.

    3. Gender, v. i. To copulate; to breed. [R.] Shak.