het·​ero | \ ˈhe-tə-ˌrō How to pronounce hetero (audio) \
plural heteros

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hetero adjective

Examples of hetero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The act has historically been stigmatized, but has increasingly gained acceptance within the cis-hetero community, thanks to rising cultural visibility via shows like Broad City and movies like Deadpool. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 5 Aug. 2022 Goethe with an Italian girl (still unknown); Byron (surprisingly, given his earlier hetero history) with a beautiful Greek boy. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, 17 June 2022 The hetero-patriarchal family, conservative concepts of women’s respectability, the white middle-class family must maintain itself if white supremacy, white privilege, and capitalism are to remain, which is what the U.S. is based on. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2022 This attitude is familiar from Big Brother, but the magazine also featured hetero-friendly helpings of naked women. Ed Halter, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2022 To be a cis, hetero man like Harry Styles or Russell Westbrook rocking a Vivienne Westwood or Thom Browne skirt is a sign of an adventurous, liberated sensibility to outside observers. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 These were feverish vision boards of hetero-normative matrimony, sultry brides in egg-white gowns and elaborate jewels posing in cavernous spaces. Lauren Goode, Wired, 6 Apr. 2021 From Marilyn Monroe to Anna Nicole Smith, bimbos have historically gotten the dirty word treatment because anything that challenged the narrow cis-hetero ideal was automatically dismissed as worthless and disposable. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, 8 Dec. 2020 People from marginalized communities are exposed to far more harms, far more often, than people who enjoy the default protections of being cis, white, and hetero. Whitney Phillips, Wired, 4 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hetero

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Hetero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hetero. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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het·​ero | \ ˈhet-ə-ˌrō How to pronounce hetero (audio) \
plural heteros

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