bisexual

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

Definition of bisexual

1a : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to people of one's same sex and of the opposite sex also : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to people of one's own gender identity and of other gender identities
b biology : possessing characters of both sexes and especially both male and female reproductive structures : hermaphroditic Usually, the sexes are separate but some plants bear bisexual flowers at different times of the year and these may suddenly become exclusively female.— Stephen K-M. Tim
2 : of, relating to, involving, or characteristic of both sexes A number of insects combine the advantages of parthenogenesis with those of bisexual reproduction using an alternation of generations.— R. F. Chapman The Bionic Woman of the television serial of the seventies … has the bisexual name of Jamie Summers.— Marina Warner

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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

Usage of Bisexual

While educational and advocacy groups tend to define bisexual broadly as applying to sexual or romantic attraction to members of one's own gender identity as well as to members of other gender identities, the older, narrower application describing attraction to male and female people persists among English speakers, aided, no doubt, by the word's morphology: the prefix bi- means "two." Note that while the broader meaning of bisexual can be understood as occupying the same semantic territory as pansexual, there are people who identify as one but not the other, as well as people who identify as both.

Examples of bisexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the fact that the first openly bisexual member of Congress in California may no longer work on Capitol Hill, she’s not done sparking conversations about inclusivity. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Katie Hill Deserves Recognition For The House Hunters Throuple & She Knows It," 18 Feb. 2020 Hill was the first openly bisexual congresswoman from California. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Hill Calls Out "Double Standard" and "Misogynistic Culture" in Final Speech in Congress," 31 Oct. 2019 Oregon is generally considered a liberal state, and its governor is openly bisexual, but Funk and Smith's discrimination case show that even in those conditions, inequalities still persist in pockets. Matthew Martinez, sacbee, "Principal ousted after LGBTQ students punished with Bible study, threatened with hell | The Sacramento Bee," 23 May 2018 There have been concerns around growing intolerance toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Malaysia and Indonesia, Singapore’s Muslim-majority neighbors. New York Times, "Singapore’s Top Court Upholds Law Criminalizing Gay Sex," 30 Mar. 2020 The party is doing the same with its list of community resources which are broken down by regional areas and constituent groups (such as Asian American Pacific Islanders; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and college students). James Barragán, Dallas News, "Texas Democratic Party shifts organizing efforts to provide information on coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 During that conversation, the Bachelor lead was asked if a gay or bisexual Bachelor season would be a good idea. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Looking Back, Bachelor Contestants Weren’t The Only Ones Fooled By Juan Pablo’s Two-Word Catchphrase," 1 Apr. 2020 As one of the first openly bisexual members of Congress, Hill believes that her sexuality was sensationalized when the news broke. Lauren Lantry, ABC News, "Reflecting on her 2019 scandal, former Rep. Katie Hill says she still hasn't 'fully recovered'," 21 Feb. 2020 If elected, Wadsworth, who identifies as bisexual, could become the first openly LGBTQ+ elected statewide constitutional officer and the 31-year-old would also be the youngest LGBTQ+ person ever elected to a statewide position. refinery29.com, "These LGBTQ+ Candidates Made History On Super Tuesday," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bisexual

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Bisexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bisexual. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for bisexual

bisexual

adjective
How to pronounce bisexual (audio)

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

bisexual

adjective
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 sexual or romantic attraction to individuals of one's same sex and of the opposite sex also : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to people of one's own gender identity and of other gender identities
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

bisexual

noun

Medical Definition of bisexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bisexual individual

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