uni·​sex | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌseks How to pronounce unisex (audio) \

Definition of unisex

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the state or condition of not being distinguishable (as by hair or clothing) as to sex



Definition of unisex (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not distinguishable as male or female a unisex face
2 : suitable or designed for both males and females unisex clothes

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unisex

Synonyms: Adjective

androgynous, genderless, unisexual

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of unisex in a Sentence


the new unisex fragrances that appeal to today's metrosexuals

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Take Gucci’s Alessandro Michele or Palomo Spain’s Alejandro Gómez Palomo, two creatives who have remained defiantly unisex in their approach to design. Vogue, "Why So Many Male Celebs Are Embracing the Pretty Lace Top," 5 Apr. 2019 Another effect of the unisex shift: The menswear palette has broadened beyond navy blue. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 My picks: Parisian Rhapsody solid perfume by Sabé Masson for $17 or Les Topette’s unisex in-house perfume, Lápiz (pencil in Spanish) for $74 with cedar, patchouli, and citrus notes. Chris Ciolli, Allure, "Barcelona Travel Guide: 11 Beauty Spots to Visit in Spain’s Most Welcoming City," 11 Mar. 2019 On the gender front, collections from small to large are swaying toward unisex or ungendered clothing, and runway-show casts are filled with models from across the spectrum. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In the Year of the Runway Zaddy, Where Are the MILFs?," 4 Feb. 2019 As a testament to Regime New York's unisex approach, Neman notes that Holmes was actually introduced to the line by Foxx. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Jamie Foxx Got Katie Holmes Hooked on This Unisex Jewelry Brand," 21 Nov. 2018 Free of light, feminine florals and heavy masculine ouds, Mystic Aromatic aims for the middle ground and is decidedly unisex. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Mugler’s New Perfume Was Inspired by Gardens and Monks," 8 June 2018 He and his voice have been described as aloof, eerily neutral, silky, wheedling, controlled, baleful, unisex, droll, soft, conversational, dreamy, supremely calm and rational. Gerry Flahive, New York Times, "The Story of a Voice: HAL in ‘2001’ Wasn’t Always So Eerily Calm," 30 Mar. 2018 Cue Adam Selman Sport, a unisex athleisure collection that officially replaces his kittenishly glamorous women’s line, which hit e-retailers last week with all the spandex gusto of a Jane Fonda video. Max Berlinger, WSJ, "With Adam Selman Sport, Rihanna’s Tour Designer Hits the Gym," 29 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

His first collection, staged in the brand’s corporate offices with a set by Sterling Ruby, drew from diner uniforms, Westerns, and classic cinema, presenting an artistic, unisex vision. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Raf Simons Departs Calvin Klein," 22 Dec. 2018 The Vivoactive 3 is the more powerful, unisex version of the Vivomove HR and the more accessible version of the Fenix 5 wearable that starts at $599. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Vivoactive 3 review: Garmin’s often the underdog, often the better choice," 12 Oct. 2017 Like her first, Jo Loves focuses on sleek, unisex fragrances in all formats: candles, colognes, and creams. Mark Ellwood, Bloomberg.com, "A Simple Smell May Be the Perfect Fix for Many of Your Travel Woes," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unisex


1966, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unisex

: designed for or used by both men and women

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