plural noun
gen·​i·​tals | \ ˈje-nə-tᵊlz How to pronounce genitals (audio) \

Definition of genitals

: the sexual or reproductive organs located on the outside of the body : genitalia Frontal male nudity, however, doesn't sit too well with the Motion Picture Association of America. Excessive shots of male genitals almost always ensure an NC-17 rating …— Ryan Murphy Symptoms of infection include discharges from the penis or vagina and burning and itching of the genitals.— C. Brownlee

Examples of genitals in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matt Schneider, the Glendale police officer whose 2017 traffic stop ended by pulling a man out of his car, handcuffing him and Tasing him in the genitals area, has surrendered his law enforcement certification. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Glendale police officer who repeatedly used a stun gun on a handcuffed man in 2017 surrenders certification," 17 June 2020 Santiago, the Glendale police spokesman, would not confirm that Wheatcroft was stunned in the genitals. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Glendale police officer who repeatedly used a stun gun on a handcuffed man in 2017 surrenders certification," 17 June 2020 Gender can be ‘real’ without being established irrevocably at birth by one’s chromosomes or one’s genitals. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Every Harry Potter actor who's spoken out against J.K. Rowling's controversial trans comments," 11 June 2020 It's based on biological characteristics of maleness or femaleness as indicated by chromosomes, gonads, hormones and genitals. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Gender identity: The difference between gender, sex and other need-to-knows," 10 June 2020 Some crossed out Trump’s name, others drew male genitals or wrote various curse words. Los Angeles Times, "‘Black Lives Matter’ has been spray-painted on Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star," 8 June 2020 White mobs cut off black men’s genitals, severed fingers and toes, and skinned victims who were sometimes burned alive. National Geographic, "‘It was a modern-day lynching’: Violent deaths reflect a brutal American legacy," 4 June 2020 Then Simmons would get physical, pulling Dixon into his lap, trying to kiss her, and even barging into her office to flash his genitals. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Back-Breaking Burden Of Triple Consciousness In HBO Max’s On The Record," 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of genitals

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Genitals.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of genitals

: sexual organs especially : the sexual organs on the outside of the body


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