|1.||See also natural gender 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|
|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]|
A grammatical category indicating the sex, or lack of sex, of nouns and pronouns. The three genders are masculine, feminine, and neuter. He is a masculine pronoun; she is a feminine pronoun; it is a neuter pronoun. Nouns are classified by gender according to the gender of the pronoun that can substitute for them. In English, gender is directly indicated only by pronouns.