grammatical gender

noun Grammar.
gender based on arbitrary assignment, without regard to the referent of a noun, as in French le livre (masculine), “the book,” and German das Mädchen (neuter), “the girl.”
Compare natural gender.


Origin:
1870–75

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grammatical gender

noun
a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness [syn: gender
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They found that people rated each object according to its grammatical gender.
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