androgynous

adjective

an·​drog·​y·​nous an-ˈdrä-jə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio)
1
: having the characteristics or nature of both male and female
androgynous heroines
2
a
: 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
androgynously adverb

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 Or a solo career as an indie rocker with an androgynous bent that incorporated taking on multiple personas, male and female. Chris Willman, Variety, 5 July 2024 Influenced by the Romanticism movement and the androgynous stylings of musicians like David Bowie, Barber began experimenting with makeup during his teen years, using his sister’s eye shadows to contour his face and coin a sculptural, allover white-and-brown look. Noor Lobad, WWD, 28 June 2024 During the space of about a presidential term, Bowie went from Marc Bolan’s personal mime to a coffeehouse space oddity before settling on Ziggy Stardust, the androgynous alien hero of his classic 1972 album, sent from Mars to liberate the people of Earth from their hangups. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2024 Best known for her thick, eye-dusting bangs and androgynous dressing, Hardy’s look became synonymous with effortless French style. Rhonda Richford, WWD, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for androgynous 

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Word History

Etymology

Greek andrógynos "having male and female characteristics, hermaphrodite" (from andro- andro- + -gynos, adjective derivative of gynḗ "woman") + -ous — more at queen entry 1

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of androgynous was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Androgynous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/androgynous. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

androgynous

adjective
an·​drog·​y·​nous an-ˈdrä-jə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio)
: having both male and female characteristics
androgynously adverb
androgyny noun

Medical Definition

androgynous

adjective
an·​drog·​y·​nous an-ˈdräj-ə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio)
: having the characteristics or nature of both male and female
androgyny noun
plural androgynies

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