sexual orientation

noun
plural sexual orientations

Definition of sexual orientation

: a person's sexual identity or self-identification as bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, pansexual, etc. : the state of being bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, pansexual, etc. Last summer a proposal submitted to Family Dollar Stores … persuaded the company's board to adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.— William G. Sinkford Liberace went to extraordinary lengths to hide his sexual orientation from the public.Entertainment Weekly

First Known Use of sexual orientation

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Sexual orientation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexual%20orientation. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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sexual orientation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sexual orientation

: a person's sexual preference or identity as bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual : the state of being bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual

sexual orientation

noun

Medical Definition of sexual orientation

: a person's sexual identity or self-identification as bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, etc. : the state of being bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, etc.

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