pan·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌpan-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce pansexual (audio) , -shəl\

Definition of pansexual

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation Pansexual people are attracted to all kinds of people, regardless of their gender, sex or presentation.— Farhana Khan also : not solely homosexual or heterosexual The famous 0-6 scale … was devised to chart sexual proclivities, from purely heterosexual (0) to purely homosexual (6). Kinsey felt humans are pansexual (most falling somewhere between 0 and 6), and restrictions imposed by society and religion lead to sexual maladjustments. — Lisa C. Hickman
2 : tending to suffuse all experience and conduct with erotic feeling Although Whitman's impulses were homoerotic, he was pansexual in the sense that he could find the driving force of something such as sex in almost everything …— Peter Craven

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Other Words from pansexual

pansexual noun
A pansexual is someone who can be attracted to males, females, transgender people and those who identify as non-binary (not female or male). — Mel Evans
pansexuality \ ˌpan-​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce pansexuality (audio) \ or less commonly pansexualism \ ˌpan-​ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)wə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce pansexualism (audio) , -​shə-​ \ noun
The opening of Studio 54, in April 1977, expanded gay disco culture to encompass a pansexuality that united gays, straights, and the sexually undecided under the banner of disco hedonism. — Peter Braunstein

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One-third of the 27,715 respondents in the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey identified as bisexual or pansexual. Zachary Zane, Washington Post, "Bisexual people have long felt excluded at Pride festivities. That’s finally changing.," 7 June 2019 Brendon Urie, the frontman of Panic! At The Disco, came out as pansexual in a new interview with Paper magazine. Lindsey V Thompson, Teen Vogue, "Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco Came Out as Pansexual," 6 July 2018 Recently, Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jonathan Kasdan revealed that the character Donald plays in the film is pansexual. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Donald Glover Just Addressed Lando's Pansexuality in "Solo: A Star Wars Story"," 23 May 2018 Both Harvey and Ambrose (Chance Perdomo), a pansexual witch who lives with Sabrina and her aunts, are enlightened, and the actors who play them were thrilled about diving into this feminist world. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is Dark and Scary, But Not in the Way You Think," 26 Oct. 2018 An ever-uncompromising artist who officially came out as pansexual earlier this year, Monáe took the opportunity to share her personal ambitions as an artist, as well as empower her fellow LGBTQ individuals. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Janelle Monáe Steps Out With a Next-Level Braid at the Billboard Women of the Year Event," 7 Dec. 2018 This isn’t the first time Urie — who married wife Sarah in 2013 — has talked about being pansexual, another term for being bisexual or fluid. Jeff Nelson,, "Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie Comes Out as Pansexual: 'I'm Definitely Attracted to Men'," 6 July 2018 She's also made headlines for coming out as pansexual and for her provocative videos. Conner Mitchell, kansascity, "KCK's Janelle Monáe coming to Starlight Theatre as part of new citywide arts fest," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of pansexual

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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