an·​drog·​y·​ny | \ an-ˈdrä-jə-nē How to pronounce androgyny (audio) \

Definition of androgyny

: the quality or state of being neither specifically feminine or masculine : the combination of feminine and masculine characteristics : the quality or state of being androgynous For this brand, wearing unisex clothing perpetuates androgyny that pervades runways and our own culture.— Dylan Leavitt And though he was singing to women, he reveled in androgyny, appearing onstage in high heels, frilly shirts and revealing chaps.— Jack Riedy … I felt like someone else was seeing what I had seen in myself: that my inner sense of androgyny was reflected in ways I carried myself like a man.— Delacey Skinner The natural androgyny of old age has acquired no appeal. The tendency of male and female bodies to resemble each other in late maturity is still conventionally ridiculous and deplorable …— Anne Hollander

First Known Use of androgyny

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Androgyny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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