- 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
- any of the categories, such as masculine, feminine, neuter, or common, within such a set
- informal the state of being male, female, or neuter
- informal all the members of one sex: the female gender
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
- [uncountable] a set of grammatical categories applied to nouns, membership in a particular category being shown by the form of the noun itself or the choice of words that refer to or modify it:Gender is often correlated in part with sex or animateness, as in the choice ofhe to replace the man, she to replace the woman, or it to replace the table. Gender is sometimes assigned without regard to the meaning of the noun, as in French le livre (masculine) "the book'' or German das Mädchen (neuter) "the girl.''
- [countable] one of the categories in such a set, as masculine, feminine, neuter, or common:By some classifications, Swahili has as many as eleven genders or noun classes.
- sex: [uncountable]discrimination on the grounds of gender.[countable]the feminine and masculine genders.