gen

noun (1)
\ ˈjen How to pronounce gen (audio) \
plural gens

Definition of gen

 (Entry 1 of 6)

informal
: generation sense 1 I always get the various gens mixed up but I am pretty sure the Greatest Generation, the people who fought World War II, were the parents of the baby boomers.— Clay Thompson the seventh gen of this model often used in combination next-gena second-gen game console — see also gen x

gen

noun (2)
\ ˈjen How to pronounce gen (audio) \

Definition of gen (Entry 2 of 6)

chiefly British

Definition of gen (Entry 3 of 6)

1 general
2 genitive
3 genus

Definition of Gen (Entry 4 of 6)

Genesis
variants: or geno-

Definition of gen- (Entry 5 of 6)

1 : offspring : race genocide
2 : genus : kind genotype
variants: or less commonly -gene

Definition of -gen (Entry 6 of 6)

1 : producer androgen
2 : one that is (so) produced cultigen

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Synonyms for gen

Synonyms: Noun (2)

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Examples of gen in a Sentence

Noun (2) as he has for decades, he gets most of his gen from the BBC over the wireless

First Known Use of gen

Noun (1)

1983, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gen

Noun (1)

by shortening

Noun (2)

perhaps from general information

Combining form

Greek genos birth, race, kind — more at kin

Noun combining form

French -gène, from Greek -genēs born; akin to Greek genos birth

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“Gen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gen. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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Kids Definition of gen.

general

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Medical Definition of gen

1 general
2 genus

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