androgynous

adjective
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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Other Words from androgynous

androgynously adverb
androgyny \ an-​ˈdrä-​jə-​nē How to pronounce androgyny (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for androgynous

Synonyms

genderless, unisex, unisexual

Antonyms

gendered

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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

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In re-imagining the striking women captured in the legendary lensman's iconic swimming pool photographs for Balmain yet again, McKnight put an androgynous twist on the sleek-haired look. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Bombshell Beauty Lessons Straight From the Balmain Runway," 28 Sep. 2018 Tattooed and lithe with short dark hair, Sanchez was among the newcomers handpicked by casting director Ashley Brokaw for a show that featured androgynous, gender fluid, and transgender models, many of whom had never walked before. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Spanish Model Miriam Sanchez Went From Studying Business to Walking Vuitton," 16 Nov. 2018 Today there’s room enough in fashion for unisex and androgynous looks as well as for male peacocking. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 This may be an idealistic enterprise—retro hippie, androgynous artisanal—but Mr. Eckhaus and Ms. Latta have a razor-sharp understanding of fashion-industry systems. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Eckhaus Latta: Possessed’ Review: Sustainability for Sale," 13 Aug. 2018 Finish with loafers and a smokey eye for a major androgynous aesthetic. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Genius Ways You Should Be Wearing Your Leather Jacket for Fall," 27 June 2018 However, Taeyong presented it in an incredibly modern, androgynous way that reflects millennial beauty standards in not only Korea but also America. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Taeyong of NCT Opens Up to Allure About the Importance of Hair and Makeup in K-Pop," 16 May 2018 Take a look at the unnerving new clip above, and pay special attention to Shake’s trademark androgynous style. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "070 Shake Shows Off Her Androgynous Style in Her Trippy New Music Video," 5 June 2018 Her charges are a small cohort of androgynous juveniles, who bear the immature reproductive tissues of both sexes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of androgynous

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

androgynous

adjective
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 androgyny (audio) \ noun, plural androgynies

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