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 Forty-one percent of transgender individuals have attempted suicide; 10-20% of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults as well, compared with the rest of the population at 4%. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Fisher-Paulson: Ahead of San Francisco Pride, an ode to ‘queens’," 23 June 2020 Benham, who is bisexual, won her Democratic primary June 2 for a seat in the Pennsylvania Legislature. NBC News, "Another 'rainbow wave'? Dozens of LGBTQ political hopefuls are on June ballots," 11 June 2020 Hoylman said the new three-month abstinence policy for gay and bisexual blood donors, while an improvement, is still discriminatory and unscientific. NBC News, "N.Y. lawmaker says blood bank turned him away 'for being gay'," 21 May 2020 Hill, who is 32 years old, was the first openly bisexual member of Congress in California. Brianna Provenzano, refinery29.com, "Katie Hill Wants To Remind You Exactly Why Her House Seat Went To Republicans," 18 May 2020 David Bowie created Ziggy Stardust, a bisexual pop star from light years away. The Economist, "Take a sad song and make it better How will pop music confront the pandemic?," 28 Apr. 2020 She has also been rumored for decades among fans to be gay, or at least bisexual. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Secret of Scooby-Doo’s Enduring Appeal," 19 Apr. 2020 Elle Mills, who came out as bisexual in a viral 2017 YouTube video, discusses the acceptance of the online community with USA TODAY's Dalvin Brown. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "A Starbucks ad that matters: Coffee brand shows how important names are for trans people," 5 Feb. 2020 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

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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 8 Jul. 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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