am·​bi·​sex·​u·​al ˌam-bi-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce ambisexual (audio)
: bisexual: such as
: having, showing, or involving feelings of sexual attraction for both sexes
… an impudent college conservative from Iowa mortified at this tribe's ambisexual practices …Andy Webster
: having qualities or characteristics associated with both sexes : sexually ambiguous
… his new image is less campy, less outrageously ambisexual than before—in the movie, he basically pursues one girl; and he's toned down his old costume of bikini underpants and lace gloves.Michiko Kakutani
: suitable or designed for both males and females : unisex
ambisexual names
The patterns also are available for men because VanMartin believes in "ambisexual fashion."On-ke Wilde
ambisexual noun
ambisexuality noun

Examples of ambisexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ferris delivers that speech in the shower while wearing a punk’s shampoo Mohawk, then an ambisexual head turban. Armond White, National Review, 4 Aug. 2021

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Word History


ambi- + sexual

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambisexual was in 1864

Dictionary Entries Near ambisexual

Cite this Entry

“Ambisexual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


am·​bi·​sex·​u·​al ˌam-bi-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce ambisexual (audio)
: bisexual
an ambisexual fantasy
ambisexual embryos
ambisexual noun
ambisexuality noun
plural ambisexualities
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