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

Definition of hetero

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hetero adjective

Examples of hetero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Lesbian women reported grooming slightly more than hetero or bisexual women, and bisexual men were most likely to go hairless. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, 27 June 2019 In 1992, the triangulating Democratic Party nominee Bill Clinton was not anxious to mention the health crisis afflicting gay men in America, or anyone outside the hetero-normative. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2019 In cis hetero relationships, many women are unable to negotiate details such as use of a condom or whether to get pregnant. Tlaleng Mofokeng, Teen Vogue, 14 Sep. 2018 That means that in hetero relationships, there are a lot of times when women carry your emotional burdens as well as their own. Sophia Benoit, GQ, 11 May 2018 But these sub-populations in hetero-resistant bacteria appear genetically identical to their susceptible counterparts. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 9 Mar. 2018

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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 Jun. 2021.

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

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