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Meaning & Definition of Gender in English

English

Gender

/ʤɛndər/

noun

1. A grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives

  • In some languages it is quite arbitrary but in indo-european languages it is usually based on sex or animateness
    synonym:
  • gender
  • ,
  • grammatical gender

2. The properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles

  • "She didn't want to know the sex of the foetus"
    synonym:
  • sex
  • ,
  • gender
  • ,
  • sexuality

Examples of using

Some attention should be paid to word order, gender and declension.
Favoring one gender over another won't win you any friends here.
Brothers Grimm’s Little Red Riding Hood has a neutral gender, while Charles Perrault’s has a masculine one.