sexual orientation

noun

Definition of sexual orientation

:a person's sexual preference or identity as bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual :the state of being bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual
  • a grant to study the biology of sexual orientation

Word by Word Definitions

sexual play
  1. : of, relating to, or associated with sex or the sexes

  2. : having or involving sex

orientation play
  1. : the act or process of orienting or of being oriented

  2. : the state of being oriented

  3. : a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest


Medical Dictionary

sexual orientation

noun

medical Definition of sexual orientation

:the inclination of an individual with respect to heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual behavior

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sexual orientation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a ram's-horn trumpet used in Judaism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!