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

Examples of hetero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ronson: Those songs were a time when masculine hetero music got to its most sensitive. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 5 Dec. 2023 While the story detailed a regular instance of hetero dating, ordinary enough for thousands to make theirs, Roupenian’s home as a writer is horror. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 The whole plot is defensive about the hetero nuclear family; Marty has to make sure his parents get back together, and his plan involves making his dad more masculine and violent. Theater Review Aug. 3, Vulture, 3 Aug. 2023 Could there be another perspective for you besides the perspective of a white, hetero male? Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 17 July 2022 And gay men are 50 percent more likely to report a cancer diagnosis than their hetero peers. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Men's Health, 18 May 2023 In the flirtation stage of a relationship, two men think the same way as a hetero couple. Karin Tanabe, Washington Post, 8 May 2023 There’s the bromance, and then there’s the hetero couple. Selome Hailu, Variety, 15 Jan. 2022 Determining whether the experiment succeeds is, of course, a matter of perspective, mine being that of a cis hetero white woman. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hetero was in 1933

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“Hetero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hetero. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


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