gender

noun
gen·der | \ˈjen-dər \

Definition of gender 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a subclass within a grammatical class (such as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (such as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms

b : membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass

c : an inflectional form (see inflection sense 3a) showing membership in such a subclass

2a : sex the feminine gender

b : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex

gender

verb
gendered; gendering\ˈjen-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of gender (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of gender in a Sentence

Noun

Please state your name, birth date, and gender. The adjective and noun must agree in number and gender. Some languages do not use genders.
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Reef-friendly: Think of Beautycounter’s new Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 as the holy grail of mineral sunscreen — gender-neutral, fast-absorbing and no corpse-like finish — everybody wins, including the kids. Janna Mandell, SFChronicle.com, "Summer skin-care solutions by microclimate," 12 July 2018 Also on Tuesday, the council gave final approval to a bill that allows the city’s drivers to choose a gender-neutral identifier on their driver’s licenses, something the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles has permitted since July 2017. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "In D.C., no more license suspensions for drivers with unpaid tickets," 12 July 2018 One unresolved problem, Hedgerow’s gender-neutral casting notwithstanding, is a strain of misogyny in the original source material. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'His Girl Friday' at Hedgerow: Fast talk, fast pace," 2 July 2018 There is no job description for these gender-neutral parent positions. Jaclyn Stapp, PEOPLE.com, "Jaclyn Stapp's Blog: A Father's Day Tribute to My Husband (and Our Hero!) Scott," 18 June 2018 Although 2016 data suggests that the gap may be narrowing, there is still a lack of gender parity. Ashley Andreou, STAT, "New Gardasil ad campaign gets it (mostly) right. It shouldn’t have taken a decade," 18 June 2018 In 2016, Tunisia passed a bill that calls for gender parity in elections. Tim Fitzsimons /, NBC News, "Tunisian presidential committee recommends decriminalizing homosexuality," 15 June 2018 Stylish gender-neutral items from online women’s clothing business Eight + Sand hang on another. Mandy Behbehani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Indie fashion lines band together with SF Bay Makers," 14 June 2018 The gender-neutral bathrooms are decorated with prints by South Side artist Angela Davis Fegan. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Celebrate queer sci-fi love at the Emporium PopUps Junipero Disco," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of gender

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gender

Noun

Middle English gendre, from Anglo-French genre, gendre, from Latin gener-, genus birth, race, kind, gender — more at kin

Verb

Middle English gendren, from Anglo-French gendrer, from Latin generare — more at generate

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use/play the race/gender card

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The first known use of gender was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for gender

gender

noun
gen·der | \ˈjen-dər \

Kids Definition of gender

: the state of being male or female : sex

gender

noun
gen·der | \ˈjen-dər \

Medical Definition of gender 

2 : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex

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