homosexuality

noun
ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌhō-mə-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce homosexuality (audio) \

Definition of homosexuality

1 : sexual attraction or the tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex : the quality or state of being homosexual
2 : sexual activity with another of the same sex

Examples of homosexuality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Many of Jerusalem's residents are observant Jews, Muslims or Christians, communities that often frown on homosexuality. Caron Creighton, Fox News, "Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride amid surrogacy uproar," 2 Aug. 2018 After graduating high school, Jones attended Boston University through an Air Force ROTC scholarship, which required her to sign a form agreeing not to express her homosexuality. Elizabeth Kuhr /, NBC News, "Texas sees historic number of LGBTQ candidates running for office," 4 June 2018 Neville makes some effort to include Rogers’s shortcomings as well, like the fact that the host wouldn’t let Clemmons publicly acknowledge his homosexuality in the 1970s, knowing the show’s sponsors would disapprove. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Quietly Radical Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood," 4 June 2018 At a time when many of their contemporaries either hid their homosexuality or would say nothing about it, Bergé and Saint Laurent were cohabiting on the Rue de Babylone and entertaining le tout Paris. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "Was Pierre Bergé the Most Powerful Man In France?," 8 Sep. 2017 In a scene from the film, the two enact a stereotyped version of homosexuality as a form of prison yard humor. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 Come through, homosexuality on a primetime episode of The Bachelorette! Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 8 Recap: Hometowns Bring the Drama," 16 July 2018 Three’s Company’’ in the way we are asked to believe that a case of mistaken homosexuality would unleash pandemonium in 2018. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Closet’ plays sexual identity for old-fashioned laughs," 1 July 2018 Convicted of the then-crime of homosexuality, he was sentenced to years in prison and hard labor camps that brought about the end of his life. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "13 Best Movies Based on True Stories of 2018," 7 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'homosexuality.' 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 homosexuality

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about homosexuality

Statistics for homosexuality

Last Updated

12 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for homosexuality

The first known use of homosexuality was in 1892

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for homosexuality

homosexuality

noun
ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌhō-mə-ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē How to pronounce homosexuality (audio) \
plural homosexualities

Medical Definition of homosexuality

1 : the quality or state of being homosexual
2 : erotic activity with another of the same sex

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on homosexuality

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

WORD OF THE DAY

having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
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!