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GENDER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gender mean? 

GENDER (noun)
  The noun GENDER has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: GENDER used as a noun is rare.


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GENDER (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

gender; grammatical gender

Hypernyms ("gender" is a kind of...):

grammatical category; syntactic category ((grammar) a category of words having the same grammatical properties)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gender"):

feminine (a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female)

masculine (a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male)

neuter (a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to inanimate objects (neither masculine nor feminine))


Sense 2gender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

sexuality; gender; sex

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("gender" is a kind of...):

physiological property (a property having to do with the functioning of the body)

Attribute:

male (being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation)

female (being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop)

androgynous (having both male and female characteristics)

sexual (having or involving sex)

asexual; nonsexual (not having or involving sex)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gender"):

maleness; masculinity (the properties characteristic of the male sex)

androgyny; bisexuality; hermaphroditism (showing characteristics of both sexes)

femaleness; feminineness (the properties characteristic of the female sex)


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