homosexual

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See also: homosexuál

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From homo- +‎ -sexual, English from 1892.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation):
    • IPA(key): /ˌhɒməʊˈsɛksjuːəl/, /ˌhɒməʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
    • IPA(key): /ˌhəʊməʊˈsɛksjuːəl/, /ˌhəʊməʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
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  • (US):
    • enPR: hō'mə-sĕkʹsho͞o-əl, hō'mō-sĕkʹsho͞o-əl, IPA(key): /ˌhoʊməˈsɛkʃuːəl/, /ˌhoʊmoʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
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Adjective[edit]

homosexual (comparative more homosexual, superlative most homosexual)

  1. (of a person or animal) Sexually attracted primarily to other members of the same sex. Being either a male androphile or a female gynephile. (Sometimes used in the sense of sole/exclusive attraction.)
    • 1983, Michael W. Ross, Homosexuality and Social Sex Roles:
      "Significant results indicate that Swedes would choose a more masculine partner the more homosexual they are, and that Finns would choose a more attractive partner the more homosexual they are."
  2. (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Between two people of the same gender or same sex; gay.
    My sister is currently in a homosexual relationship with a girl in her class.
    homosexual acts, a homosexual kiss
  3. Intended for or used by homosexuals, as a nightclub, a bar, etc.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Many style guides[1] and many gay people[2] recommend against the use of the word "homosexual" because of its clinical and sometimes pejorative connotations, preferring the terms gay and (for women) lesbian, and relationship descriptors like "same-sex relationship". Many consider it particularly pejorative when it is used as a noun, and prefer "gay man", "gay woman" (or "lesbian").
  • The first part of the word derives from the Greek word for "same", which is traditionally pronounced /ˈhɒməʊ/, unlike the Latin word homo (man, human being), which is pronounced /ˈhəʊməʊ/ (RP). However, it is much more common to pronounce the first vowel as /əʊ/ (RP) / /oʊ/ (US) than as /ɒ/.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (sexually attracted solely or primarily to the same sex): gay, lesbian (used only of women), homo (derogatory)
  • (involving or relating to homosexuals): gay, lesbian (used only of women), same-sex
  • (intended for or used by homosexuals): gay, lesbian (used only of women)
  • (community): LGBT

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Noun[edit]

homosexual (plural homosexuals)

  1. A person who is attracted solely or primarily to others of the same sex.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Many style guides and gay people advise against the use of "homosexual" as a noun; see the usage notes above.

Synonyms[edit]

  • This section is divided into two tables, one containing synonyms that generally are not derogatory and one containing those that generally are. However, note that the non-derogatory terms can nonetheless be used derogatorily, and that some of the derogatory ones are often used humorously and non-derogatorily by gay people and others.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ GLAAD media reference guide, citing the AP and NYT style guides.
  2. ^ NYT article

Basque[edit]

Adjective[edit]

homosexual

  1. homosexual

Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

homosexual (masculine and feminine plural homosexuals)

  1. homosexual

Noun[edit]

homosexual m, f (plural homosexuals)

  1. homosexual

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French homosexuel.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌho.mo.sek.suˈal/

Adjective[edit]

homosexual m, n (feminine singular homosexuală, masculine plural homosexuali, feminine and neuter plural homosexuale)

  1. homosexual
    În lumea animală se observă comportamentul homosexual relativ frecvent la mamifere și la păsări
    In the animal world, homosexual behaviour is observed relatively frequent in mammals and birds.

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Noun[edit]

homosexual m (plural homosexuali, feminine equivalent homosexuală)

  1. homosexual

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

homo- +‎ sexual

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

homosexual (plural homosexuales)

  1. homosexual
    Comportamiento homosexual se observa con frecuencia entre los mamíferos.
    Homosexual behaviour is frequently observed among mammals.

Noun[edit]

homosexual m, f (plural homosexuales)

  1. homosexual

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