bi·​sex·​u·​al | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce bisexual (audio) , -shəl\

Definition of bisexual

1a : possessing characters of both sexes and especially both male and female reproductive structures : hermaphroditic bisexual flowers
b : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to both men and women
2 : of, relating to, or involving both sexes bisexual reproduction

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Other Words from bisexual

bisexual noun
bisexuality \ ˌbī-​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce bisexuality (audio) \ noun
bisexually \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)wə-​lē How to pronounce bisexually (audio) , -​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are almost five times more likely to have attempted suicide than heterosexual youth. Beth Dreher, Woman's Day, "Meet the Woman Who Stands In at LGBTQ Weddings," 4 May 2019 And according to the Trevor Project, lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people are nearly three times as likely to seriously contemplate suicide as their straight peers. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Drag Brunch Honored Nigel Shelby, Raising Awareness About the Impact of Homophobic Bullying," 24 Apr. 2019 Instead of monitoring the route to keep marchers safe, the police turned their backs on the lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender people who came to march., "Fierce Protest: How 19 People Use Pride to Make Change," 25 June 2018 That includes lesbian, bisexual, asexual, transgender and gender nonconforming people and beyond. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Personals Instagram account is helping queer women in Wisconsin and beyond find love and community, no swiping required," 15 June 2018 Attorney General William Barr has asked the federal Bureau of Prisons and the FBI to investigate allegations of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Justice Department employees in their ranks. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Attorney General Barr Orders LGBT Bias Probe Within Justice Department," 5 Apr. 2019 Democrat Kyrsten Sinema could become the first openly bisexual senator and the state’s first female senator. Ken Thomas, The Seattle Times, "WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it’s up to voters," 7 Nov. 2018 Nine-Nine star and Teen Vogue Summit Speaker who penned a powerful essay about being bisexual earlier this year. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, ""Marvel's Runaways" Star Ariela Barer on Bringing Gert to Life and the Power of Representation," 21 Dec. 2018 In Arizona, a close race between Republican Martha McSally, a former Air Force fighter pilot, and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who is openly bisexual, means Arizona will have its first female senator no matter who wins. Mary Jordan, The Seattle Times, "Record number of women appear headed for Congress," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bisexual

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of bisexual

: sexually attracted to both men and women
: having both male and female sex parts
: relating to or involving two sexes


bi·​sex·​u·​al | \ (ˈ)bī-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce bisexual (audio) \

Medical Definition of bisexual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : possessing characters of both sexes and especially both male and female reproductive structures : hermaphroditic
b : of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to be sexually attracted toward individuals of both sexes : engaging in sexual activity with partners of either sex
2 : of, relating to, or involving two sexes bisexual reproduction

Other Words from bisexual

bisexuality \ ˌbī-​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwal-​ət-​ē How to pronounce bisexuality (audio) \ noun, plural bisexualities
bisexually \ (ˈ)bī-​ˈseksh-​(ə-​)wə-​lē, -​(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bisexually (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of bisexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bisexual individual

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