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Definition of "gender" []

  • Grammar A grammatical category used in the classification of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and, in some languages, verbs that may be arbitrary or based on characteristics such as sex or animacy and that determines agreement with or selection of modifiers, referents, or grammatical forms. (noun)
  • Grammar One category of such a set. (noun)
  • Grammar The classification of a word or grammatical form in such a category. (noun)
  • Grammar The distinguishing form or forms used. (noun)
  • Sexual identity, especially in relation to society or culture. (noun)
  • A set of two or more grammatical categories into which the nouns of certain languages are divided, sometimes but not necessarily corresponding to the sex of the referent when animate (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any of the categories, such as masculine, feminine, neuter, or common, within such a set (noun)
  • The state of being male, female, or neuter (noun)
  • All the members of one sex (noun)

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Use "gender" in a sentence
  • "Some words, then, have a gender quite apart from sex or real gender, and this is called «grammatical gender»."
  • "UpdateCommand = "UPDATE [stock] SET [category] = @newcategory WHERE (([category] = @oldcategory) AND ([gender] = @gender))""
  • "The participants were soon running roughshod over him, proving the term gender activist was a misnomer."