sexual orientation

noun
plural sexual orientations

Definition of sexual orientation

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

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sexual orientation was in 1946

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20 Jan 2021

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“Sexual orientation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexual%20orientation. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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, gay, etc. : the state of being bisexual, heterosexual, gay, etc.

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