an·​drog·​y·​nous | \ an-ˈdrä-jə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio) \

Definition of androgynous

1 : having the characteristics or nature of both male and female androgynous heroines
2a : neither specifically feminine nor masculine the androgynous pronoun them
b : suitable to or for either sex androgynous clothing
3 : having traditional male and female roles obscured or reversed an androgynous marriage

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Other Words from androgynous

androgynously adverb

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Examples of androgynous in a Sentence

the androgynous hairdos favored by the hip an actor whose androgynous looks are at the heart of his appeal
Recent Examples on the Web As played by Rousselle, an androgynous beauty with a formidable glare, Alexia is a character of few words whose inner thoughts remain opaque in ways that can be frustrating. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 1 Oct. 2021 Raye specializes in androgynous fits—like these perfectly baggy styles. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2021 Equally, the work would look at home in a Collier Schorr photograph on a thin, fey and androgynous model. Brienne Walsh, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Male Chinese celebrities known for their androgynous style have also become a threat in Beijing’s eyes. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 Male Chinese celebrities known for their androgynous style have also become a threat in Beijing’s eyes. Lily Kuo, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2021 Transgender, gender-nonconforming, nonbinary, crossdressing and androgynous people, and drag queens, inspired and contributed to the fashion industry for years. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 There are androgynous singing giants and a talking fox. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Genderfluid, genderqueer and androgynous identities accounted for about a quarter of respondents each. Steven Vargas, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021

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First Known Use of androgynous

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for androgynous

Latin androgynus hermaphrodite, from Greek androgynos, from andr- + gynē woman — more at queen

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“Androgynous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of androgynous

: having both male and female characteristics or qualities
: suitable for both men and women


an·​drog·​y·​nous | \ an-ˈdräj-ə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio) \

Medical Definition of androgynous

: having the characteristics or nature of both male and female

Other Words from androgynous

androgyny \ -​nē How to pronounce androgynous (audio) \ noun, plural androgynies

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