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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sex /sɛks/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- [countable] either the female or male division of a species:What sex is your kitten?
- [uncountable] all the differences by which the female and the male are distinguished; gender:discrimination on the basis of sex.
- [uncountable] the attraction drawing one sex toward another:emphasis on sex in movies.
- Medicinesexual intercourse :premarital sex.
sex•less, adj. See -sect-.
- Medicine, Idiomshave sex, to engage in sexual intercourse.
sex- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "six'':sexpartite (= having six parts or divisions).
Animal Husbandryto ascertain the sex of, esp. of newly-hatched chicks.
sex up, [Informal.]
- either the male or female division of a species, esp. as differentiated with reference to the reproductive functions.
- the sum of the structural and functional differences by which the male and female are distinguished, or the phenomena or behavior dependent on these differences.
- the instinct or attraction drawing one sex toward another, or its manifestation in life and conduct.
- Medicineto have sex, to engage in sexual intercourse.
- to arouse sexually:The only intent of that show was to sex up the audience.
- to increase the appeal of; to make more interesting, attractive, or exciting:We've decided to sex up the movie with some battle scenes.
(seks), adj. [Latin.]
- Latin sexus, perh. akin to secāre to divide (see section)
- Middle English 1350–1400
a combining form, occurring in loanwords from Latin, meaning "six'' (sexagenary);
on this model used in the formation of compound words:sexpartite.Also,sexi-.
Etymology: Latin, combining form of sex six
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sex /sɛks/ n
- the sum of the characteristics that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive function
- either of the two categories, male or female, into which organisms are placed on this basis
- short for sexual intercourse
- feelings or behaviour resulting from the urge to gratify the sexual instinct
- sexual matters in general
- of or concerning sexual matters: sex education, sex hygiene
- based on or arising from the difference between the sexes: sex discrimination
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin sexus; compare secāre to divide
- (transitive) to ascertain the sex of