\ ˈjen How to pronounce gen (audio) \
plural gens

Definition of gen

 (Entry 1 of 6)

informal
: generation sense 1 I always get the various gens mixed up but I am pretty sure the Greatest Generation, the people who fought World War II, were the parents of the baby boomers.— Clay Thompson the seventh gen of this model often used in combinationnext-gena second-gen game console — see also gen x
\ ˈjen How to pronounce gen (audio) \

Definition of gen (Entry 2 of 6)

chiefly British

Definition of gen (Entry 3 of 6)

1 general
2 genitive
3 genus

Definition of Gen (Entry 4 of 6)

Genesis
variants: or geno-

Definition of gen- (Entry 5 of 6)

1 : offspring : race genocide
2 : genus : kind genotype
variants: or less commonly -gene

Definition of -gen (Entry 6 of 6)

1 : producer androgen
2 : one that is (so) produced cultigen

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for gen

Synonyms: Noun (2)

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of gen in a Sentence

Noun (2) as he has for decades, he gets most of his gen from the BBC over the wireless

First Known Use of gen

Noun (1)

1983, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gen

Noun (1)

by shortening

Noun (2)

perhaps from general information

Combining form

Greek genos birth, race, kind — more at kin

Noun combining form

French -gène, from Greek -genēs born; akin to Greek genos birth

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gen

Statistics for gen

Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gen. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gen

Kids Definition of gen.

general

Medical Definition of gen

1 general
2 genus

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on gen

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for gen

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with gen

Spanish Central: Translation of gen

Comments on gen

What made you want to look up gen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!