non·​bi·​na·​ry | \ ˌnän-ˈbī-nə-rē How to pronounce nonbinary (audio) , -ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē \

Definition of nonbinary

: not binary: such as
a : not restricted to two things or parts nonbinary voting
b : of, relating to, or being a system of numbers that does not use 2 as its base nonbinary math
c : relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female … an effort to create more equality for nonbinary and transgender students across campus.— Phoebe Roe … many people with nonbinary genders use "they" and "their" pronouns …— Lucy Brisbane

Examples of nonbinary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not much research has been done on the total number of trans or nonbinary people who have abortions. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 13 May 2022 Across the country, women—and nonbinary people, men, and children—feel betrayed and abandoned by conservative lawmakers. Glamour, 11 May 2022 The main recipients of phalloplasty are transgender men and nonbinary people, intersex people and cisgender men with penile injuries. New York Times, 10 May 2022 Choix is looking into providing support for women and trans and nonbinary people who need to travel out of state, said Adam, but is waiting to see if state laws will penalize people for doing so. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 9 May 2022 Autostraddle and Salty Newsletter cater to women and trans and nonbinary people. Samhita Mukhopadhyay, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 Kobabe imagined the memoir would appeal mainly to young adults who had also wrestled with gender identity, and to friends and family of nonbinary people. New York Times, 1 May 2022 Of those, the average age among transgender people was 39.4 years and 30.4 years for nonbinary people. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Republicans in conservative states have introduced several bills this year targeting transgender and nonbinary people. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nonbinary

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonbinary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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