1 a set of two or more grammatical categories into which the nouns of certain languages are divided, sometimes but not necessarily corresponding to the sex of the referent when animate
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2 any of the categories, such as masculine, feminine, neuter, or common, within such a set
3 Informal the state of being male, female, or neuter
4 Informal all the members of one sex the female gender (C14: from Old French gendre, from Latin genus kind)
Informal a person who adopts an androgynous style of dress, hair, make-up, etc.
n grammatical gender that reflects, as in English, the sex or animacy of the referent of a noun rather than the form or any other feature of the word
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