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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the androgynous hairdos favored by the hip an actor whose androgynous looks are at the heart of his appeal
Recent Examples on the Web Sculptures of the monster from the archaic Greek period, roughly 700 to 480 B.C., are mostly androgynous figures. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why So Many Mythological Monsters Are Female," 31 Mar. 2021 Working closely with artisans in his native country, the designer—who recently showed at Milan Fashion Week—locally sources materials to execute androgynous creations. Alex Kessler, Vogue, "Meet 5 Young Designers Working Outside the Gender Binary," 23 Mar. 2021 Now, as those notions are being dismantled, a new generation of perfumes is emphasizing the androgynous appeal of roses. New York Times, "The New Generation of Rose Perfumes," 8 Mar. 2021 The growing popularity of male Chinese pop stars who wear makeup and androgynous, sparkly clothing has also influenced youth culture. NBC News, "China proposes teaching masculinity to boys as state is alarmed by changing gender roles," 5 Mar. 2021 The holy androgynous composite of the two deities was so important to the community that local people replaced it with a poor replica. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "FBI and Dallas Museum of Art team up to send stolen artwork back to Nepal," 5 Mar. 2021 Its androgynous muse appears to be in some kind of agony and bold waves of color overwhelm the spectator. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, "Legal experts: Cuomo nursing home scandal may rise to federal offense level," 22 Feb. 2021 The one with dots for eyes, the Beatles moptop, the skinny pants and more androgynous physical features? Nicole Brodeur,, "People are more likely to believe sexual harassment claims from women who are ‘conventionally attractive,’ study says," 22 Feb. 2021 The great exemplar here is Henry Darger (1892-1973), the Chicago janitor who wrote and illustrated an elaborate and grandiose novel centering on the alternately dangerous and pastoral existence of the androgynous Vivian Girls. New York Times, "Photography in the Raw," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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“Androgynous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of androgynous

: having both male and female characteristics or qualities
: suitable for both men and women


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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