noun \ˈjen-dər\

: the state of being male or female

grammar : one of the categories (masculine, feminine, and neuter) into which words (such as nouns, adjectives, and pronouns) are divided in many languages

Full Definition of GENDER

a :  a subclass within a grammatical class (as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms
b :  membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass
c :  an inflectional form showing membership in such a subclass
a :  sex <the feminine gender>
b :  the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex

Examples of GENDER

  1. Please state your name, birth date, and gender.
  2. The adjective and noun must agree in number and gender.
  3. Some languages do not use genders.

Origin of GENDER

Middle English gendre, from Anglo-French genre, gendre, from Latin gener-, genus birth, race, kind, gender — more at kin
First Known Use: 14th century

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gen·deredgen·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of GENDER

:  engender

Origin of GENDER

Middle English gendren, from Anglo-French gendrer, from Latin generare — more at generate
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈjen-dər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GENDER

: sex 1
: the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In language, a grammatical category contrasting distinctions of sex or animateness. Gender marking may be natural, with linguistic markers of gender corresponding to real-world gender, or purely grammatical, with markers of gender in part semantically based and in part semantically arbitrary. In languages with grammatical gender, nouns are partitioned into sets. Membership of a noun in a set may be expressed by its form and/or by the forms of other parts of speech controlled by the noun. Closely related to gender systems in language are class systems, as in Bantu languages, in which the number of sets into which nouns are partitioned is much larger, with distinct categories for things such as plants, animals, and tools, though, as with nouns in Romance and Germanic languages, assignment of most nouns to classes is semantically arbitrary.


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