heteronormative

adjective
het·ero·nor·ma·tive | \ ˌhē-tə-rō-ˈnȯr-mə-tiv \

Definition of heteronormative 

: of, relating to, or based on the attitude that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from heteronormative

heteronormativity \ˌhē-tə-rō-ˌnȯr-mə-ˈti-və-tē \ noun

Examples of heteronormative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

This whole ‘losing my virginity’ thing is a heteronormative concept anyway. Susan Kaplan Carlton, BostonGlobe.com, "Meredith Goldstein is growing love in a lab," 22 June 2018 Wedding traditions and business are very heteronormative. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What 8 Same-Sex Couples Learned from Planning a Destination Wedding," 13 June 2018 The narrative is very heteronormative (and to be honest, very bland). Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Have an Orgasm?," 28 May 2018 Instead of trying to fit into a heteronormative, white-privileged space, there’s an opportunity to create new definitions of Asian-American masculinity, femininity, and everything in between. Sable Yong, Allure, "Banana Magazine Is Exploring Asian-American Gender Identity in a Completely New Way," 25 May 2018 In our heteronormative culture, a pansexual Lando Calrissian is no threat to Han Solo as the dominant lead in the film. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Is Making Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian ‘Pansexual’ an Assault on Black Manhood? Maybe, but Not in the Way You Think," 18 May 2018 Swagger is a way of walking away from, or through, the tough conditions of a heteronormative world. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Big, Bad Truth of Michelle Tea," 16 May 2018 Solo artists have the autonomy to create and cater to their own specific fan base, whereas boy bands are marketed specifically to be the heteronormative new heartthrobs for a generation of teenage girls. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Having a Queer Member Should Not Be A Death Sentence for Boy Bands in 2018: Op-Ed," 27 Apr. 2018 Andrea flees back to Portland and vows to live free of heteronormative artifice, despite the personal costs. Christine Sneed, New York Times, "She’s Here, She’s Queer, She’s Figuring Out What That Means," 11 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'heteronormative.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of heteronormative

1991, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about heteronormative

Share heteronormative

Statistics for heteronormative

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for heteronormative

The first known use of heteronormative was in 1991

See more words from the same year

Comments on heteronormative

What made you want to look up heteronormative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!