homosocial

adjective

ho·​mo·​so·​cial ˌhō-mə-ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce homosocial (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving social relationships between persons of the same sex and especially between men

Examples of homosocial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With its lingering shots of cast members — including Val Kilmer, Rick Rossovich, and Anthony Edwards oiled up for a Bruce Weber–esque game of beach volleyball — the 1986 film lays bare the homosocial world of naval aviators and pulses with an undeniable homoerotic energy. Chris Lee, Vulture, 18 May 2021 James' career is a fascinating subject upon which to hang a narrative of homosocial bonding and the complicated dance of male friendship. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 9 June 2022 Here was a comedy about a straight, white man’s man—immersed in the heterosexual, homosocial world of pro sports—who’s also thoughtful, nurturing, kind. Judy Berman, Time, 19 July 2021 The Lighthouse’ is thin enough to invite plentiful interpretations about masculinity, homosocial relations and desire, even if its more suggestive theme is Wake’s punishing exploitation of Winslow. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2019 Elite institutions are set up to encourage this kind of homosocial behavior Stories like Dolphin’s and Ramirez’s, in particular, could happen anywhere. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, 26 Sep. 2018 Directing the viewer's attention at times with little more than a disapproving stare, Meinhard guides us through what looks at first like a straightforward study of clashing cultures and homosocial group dynamics. Justin Chang, latimes.com, 19 Apr. 2018 But in subsequent Wayne-Ford films, women recede from the foreground, as romance gives way to homosocial bonding. Scott Stossel, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homosocial was in 1968

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“Homosocial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homosocial. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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