lesbian

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Lesbiana, from Ancient Greek Λέσβος (Lésbos) + Latin adjective suffix -iana; by reference to Sappho of Lesbos (whence also sapphist), known for her sentimental poems about women.

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lesbian (comparative more lesbian, superlative most lesbian)

  1. (of a woman) Homosexual; preferring female romantic or sexual partners.
    She is lesbian.
  2. (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Between two women; homosexual.
    She's involved in a lesbian relationship.
    Lesbian marriage is still illegal in some nations.
    • 2011, Michael Bruce, ‎Robert M. Stewart, College Sex - Philosophy for Everyone (ISBN 1444341448), page 32:
      [] Madonna's infamous nationally televised lesbian kiss with Britney Spears []
  3. (especially of an institution or group) Intended for lesbians.
    We're going to a lesbian bar tonight.
    • 2000, Bonnie Zimmerman, Encyclopedia of lesbian and gay histories and cultures, volume 1, page 135:
      Some lesbians also felt comfortable in the entertainment clubs in the black section of the city; these clubs were not lesbian but were lesbian friendly.
    • 2008, Carl Abbott, How cities won the West: four centuries of urban change, page 283:
      Openly gay poets such as Allen Ginsberg were prominent among the beats, and many North Beach bars were gay and lesbian as well as bohemian.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (of a woman: preferring female partners): dyke (usually offensive, but reclaimed by some lesbians), gay (preferred by many lesbians), homosexual (not specific to female homosexuality)
  • (between two women; pertaining to female homosexuality): dyke (usually offensive, but reclaimed by some lesbians), gay (preferred by many lesbians), homosexual (not specific to female homosexuality)

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Noun[edit]

lesbian (plural lesbians)

  1. A homosexual female, a woman who is sexually or romantically attracted to other women.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French lesbien

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lesbian 4 nom/acc forms

  1. lesbian

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