bisexual

adjective
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

Examples of bisexual in a Sentence

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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 And being able to show that sentiment in a movie like that with Desiree Akhavan, a bisexual Iranian-American director, was perfect. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chloë Grace Moretz Reveals Why She's Drawn to Roles that Subvert Gender," 11 Oct. 2018 Again, this clue matches Margaret, who is openly bisexual. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Get All 'The Masked Singer' Spoilers You Could Ever Want," 10 Jan. 2019 Young people in Massachusetts are more likely to identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and mirror the diversity of the state as a whole, two nonprofit organizations said in a report released Thursday. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly 16 percent of 18 to 24 year olds in Mass. identify as LGBT, report says," 24 May 2018 Lawmakers soon added language preventing RFRA from being used to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "How the Supreme Court bakery case could impact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act 'fix'," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of bisexual

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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bisexual

adjective

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 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

bisexual

noun

Medical Definition of bisexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bisexual individual

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