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gender

  
  ( genders    plural  )
1       n-var   A person's gender is the fact that they are male or female.   (=sex)  
Women are sometimes denied opportunities solely because of their gender., ...groups that are traditionally discriminated against on grounds of gender, colour, race, or age.     
2       n-count   You can refer to all male people or all female people as a particular gender.   (=sex)  
While her observations may be true about some men, they could hardly apply to the entire gender., ...the different abilities and skills of the two genders.     
3       n-var   In grammar, the gender of a noun, pronoun, or adjective is whether it is masculine, feminine, or neuter. A word's gender can affect its form and behaviour. In English, only personal pronouns such as `she', reflexive pronouns such as `itself', and possessive determiners such as `his' have gender.  
In both Welsh and Irish the word for `moon' is of feminine gender.     


gender-bender        ( gender-benders    plural  ) People sometimes use gender-bender to refer to a man who dresses or behaves like a woman, or a woman who dresses or behaves like a man.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
  (disapproval)   

  gender-bending      adj   ADJ n  
...a gender-bending production of the ballet Swan Lake with lines of male swans.     
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gene, genera, gendarme, genre

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