an·​drog·​y·​nous | \ an-ˈdrä-jə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio) \

Definition of androgynous

1 : having the characteristics or nature of both male and female androgynous heroines
2a : neither specifically feminine nor masculine the androgynous pronoun them
b : suitable to or for either sex androgynous clothing
3 : having traditional male and female roles obscured or reversed an androgynous marriage

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androgynously adverb

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Examples of androgynous in a Sentence

the androgynous hairdos favored by the hip an actor whose androgynous looks are at the heart of his appeal
Recent Examples on the Web That’s before mentioning his pioneering love of the Canadian tuxedo, androgynous jumpsuits, Hawaiian prints, and naval-bearing shirts—influencing everyone from Tupac to Harry Styles through the years. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 10 May 2022 In these poems and others, Millay, like Shakespeare, plays with gender, assuming an androgynous voice and extolling male beauty without identifying it as such. Maggie Doherty, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Cutting an androgynous figure in a green do and a steampunk-butler suit, Mouron haltingly declaims her lines (in English) as if delivering Racine monologues, and effectively sucks all of the potential levity from the show. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 On the street this translated into a new take on Annie Hall’s androgynous style—with or without a preppy tie. Vogue, 14 Mar. 2022 Her androgynous presentation created space for Black women to reject conventional notions of beauty and femininity — the same ones that excluded them — and embrace something of their own making. Treye Green, Allure, 17 Dec. 2021 Many opt for androgynous looks: baggy pants, hoodies, short hair. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Jordan echoed Tanju’s sentiment, drawing back to the androgynous marketing of the fragrance, which was a revolutionary concept at the time. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Apr. 2022 For the co-founders of menswear label Pronounce, whose androgynous collections defy categorization, the headlines belie an emerging reality among the country's youth. CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of androgynous

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for androgynous

Latin androgynus hermaphrodite, from Greek androgynos, from andr- + gynē woman — more at queen

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an·​drog·​y·​nous | \ an-ˈdräj-ə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio) \

Medical Definition of androgynous

: having the characteristics or nature of both male and female

Other Words from androgynous

androgyny \ -​nē How to pronounce androgynous (audio) \ noun, plural androgynies

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