pan·​sex·​u·​al | \ˌpan-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl, -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 \ or less commonly pansexualism \ˌpan-​ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)wə-​ˌli-​zəm, -​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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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 Other public figures who identify as pansexual include Miley Cyrus, who came out in 2015, and teen transgender activist Jazz Jennings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Janelle Monáe Confirms She's Pansexual," 26 Apr. 2018 Over the last few years, a number of celebrities have publicly come out as pansexual, including Miley Cyrus, Courtney Act and Janelle Monáe. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Everything You Need to Know About Pansexuality," 9 July 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 1:23 What to know about KCK native Janelle Monae Advertisement Singer, actress and Kansas City, Kan., native Janelle Monáe recently came out as pansexual in a Rolling Stone interview. Mikael Wood, kansascity, "KCK’s Janelle Monae and other pop artists shape the new sound of protest music," 6 July 2018 When Monáe had officially come out as pansexual, I was moved to tears — something that doesn’t happen often. Cameron Glover, Allure, "On Janelle Monáe and the Power of Representation for Queer Black Girls," 21 June 2018 The singer Miley Cyrus identified as pansexual in 2015. Michael Gold, New York Times, "The ABCs of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of pansexual

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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