sa·​pi·​o·​sex·​u·​al ˌsā-pē-ō-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce sapiosexual (audio) ˌsa- How to pronounce sapiosexual (audio)
: of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to highly intelligent people
Those who are sapiosexual find the capacity to carry a witty, clever conversation to be the most attractive trait in a person.Anika Madhusudhan
sapiosexual noun
plural sapiosexuals
Ever wondered what turns on a sapiosexual? Well, smart conversations do. Ismat Tahseen
sapiosexuality noun
… the continued popularity of sapiosexuality on dating apps shows just how much online dating changes the way we express our relationship needs and desires. Jess Joho

Examples of sapiosexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conversation is the aphrodisiac for sapiosexual air signs, but remember that touching can be as pleasurable as talking and texting. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 3 Feb. 2023 An intense sapiosexual attraction arises, so strong that Leda can still conjure the intensity of it all these years later. Peter Debruge, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021

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Word History


sapi(ent) or its source Latin sapient-, sapiens "rational, wise, having sound judgment" + -o- + -sexual, as in heterosexual entry 1, homosexual entry 1

First Known Use

2004, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sapiosexual was in 2004

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Cite this Entry

“Sapiosexual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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