Gender meaning

jĕndər
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Gender is defined as the socially constructed roles and behaviors that a society typically associates with males and females.

An example of gender is referring to someone who wears a dress as a female.

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Gender is defined as a classification of a noun or pronoun as feminine, masculine or neuter.

An example of gender is the pronoun "he."

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Females or males considered as a group.

Students lined up with the genders in different lines.

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(grammar) A division of nouns and pronouns (sometimes of other parts of speech), such as masculine, feminine, neuter or common.
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One's identity as female or male or as neither entirely female nor entirely male.
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Either of the two divisions, designated female and male, by which most organisms are classified on the basis of their reproductive organs and functions; sex.
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(sociology) To assign a gender to; to perceive as having a gender, or having been authored etc. by someone of that gender.
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(sometimes proscribed) The biological sex of an individual (usually male or female and sometimes intersex).
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(archaic) To engender.
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To engender.
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Gender is defined as to cause to exist or develop.

An example of gender is for a document to cause controversy.

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The sociocultural phenomenon of the division of people into various categories such as "male" and "female", with each having associated clothing, roles, stereotypes, etc.
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The mental analogue of sex: one's maleness (masculinity) or femaleness (femininity). (Also called gender identity.)
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Origin of gender

  • Middle English gendre from Old French kind, gender from Latin genus gener- genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Middle French gendre, genre, from Latin genus (“kind, sort”). The verb developed after the noun.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English gendren, genderen, from Middle French gendrer, from Latin generāre.

    From Wiktionary