noun (1), often capitalized
ho·​mo | \ ˈhō-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce homo (audio) \
plural homos

Definition of homo

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: any of a genus (Homo) of hominids that includes modern humans (H. sapiens) and several extinct related species (such as H. erectus and H. habilis)
plural homos

Definition of homo (Entry 2 of 4)

slang, disparaging + offensive

Definition of homo (Entry 3 of 4)

disparaging + offensive

Definition of homo- (Entry 4 of 4)

— see hom-

First Known Use of homo

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1922, in the meaning defined above


1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for homo

Noun (1)

New Latin Homin-, Homo, from Latin, human being — more at homage

Noun (2)

by shortening

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“Homo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homo. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of homo-

see hom-


ho·​mo | \ ˈhō-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce homo (audio) \

Medical Definition of homo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : a genus of primate mammals of the family Hominidae that includes modern humans (H. sapiens) and several extinct related species (as H. erectus)
2 plural homos : any primate mammal of the genus Homo


plural homos

Medical Definition of homo (Entry 2 of 2)

often disparaging

Other Words from homo

homo adjective

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