ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce homosexual (audio) , -ˈsek-shəl\

Definition of homosexual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex : gay a homosexual man was involved in a homosexual relationship
2 : of, relating to, or involving sexual activity between persons of the same sex homosexual acts



Definition of homosexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is sexually attracted to people of the same sex : a homosexual (see homosexual entry 1) person and especially a male

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Other Words from homosexual


homosexually adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

No one is homosexual, Hispanic, Latino, paraplegic. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "“The craziest, most insane, deranged, demented, and dumb list”: Jon Caldara on CSU’s language guide," 26 July 2019 Supporters have long campaigned for Turing to receive greater recognition for his work and official acknowledgment that his conviction for homosexual activity was wrong. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Alan Turing, World War II code-breaker castrated for being gay, is the face of Britain’s £50 note," 15 July 2019 It just as famously ended up with a readership of mostly homosexual men. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Universal Desire: Men and Women Respond Identically to Erotic Images," 18 July 2019 In 2017, the Alan Turing Law was passed, which posthumously pardoned men cautioned or convicted under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "British mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new £50 banknote," 15 July 2019 Its current position is that being gay isn’t a sin, but engaging in homosexual acts is. David Montero, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mormon, Republican and gay: Politician Nathan Ivie breaks new ground for Utah," 10 June 2019 On Friday, Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, condemned Hill, R-Pensacola, for chuckling after a constituent talked about a part of the Bible that calls for men committing homosexual acts to be put to death. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Gov. Ron DeSantis backs condemnation of Rep. Mike Hill’s laughter about putting gay people to death," 4 June 2019 In June 2018, the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, made a formal apology to men who had been convicted under laws against homosexual acts that were finally repealed in 1993. Noelle Gallagher, The New York Review of Books, "Fintan O’Toole," 21 Mar. 2019 In 1952, Alan Turing, a British mathematician best known for his work on code-breaking and artificial intelligence, was convicted of engaging in homosexual acts and sentenced to chemical castration. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "Biologists Home In on Turing Patterns," 25 Mar. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

White heterosexual males are frequently insensitive to the subtle ways females, homosexuals and minorities are denigrated and disparaged. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: Racism in America," 26 July 2019 Peters had been a guest at The Ark and the Aryan Nations, lecturing on the end of the world, and his hatred for Jews and homosexuals. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 White males, 18 to 34, are the most likely to see disco as the product of homosexuals, blacks and Latins. Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 2019 The portrayals of hipster counterculture seem dated, as do the caricatured renderings of homosexuals. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Great Migration North," 28 June 2019 The following year, members of the Gay Liberation Front picketed police headquarters on Market Street protesting police harassment of homosexuals. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: San Diego Pride has a long history," 28 June 2019 Police say Bowles confessed to the killing after his arrest and professed hatred for homosexuals. Fox News, "August execution set for Florida killer who targeted gay men," 12 June 2019 The event also remembered male homosexuals who were forced to war a pink triangle in work camps under the Nazi regime and commemorated the third anniversary of the shooting tragedy at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida synagogues celebrate LGBTQIA community," 14 June 2019 Some rail against women, some against minorities, the dilution of the white race, homosexuals and liberals. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of homosexual


1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1892, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of homosexual

somewhat formal
: sexually attracted to people of the same sex
: based on or showing a sexual attraction to people of the same sex


ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce homosexual (audio) \

Medical Definition of homosexual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex — compare heterosexual entry 1 sense 1a
2 : of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex — compare heterosexual entry 1 sense 1b

Other Words from homosexual

homosexually \ -​ē How to pronounce homosexually (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of homosexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a homosexual person and especially a male

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