homo sexual


[hoh-muh-sek-shoo-uhl or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-]
of, pertaining to, or exhibiting homosexuality.
of, pertaining to, or noting the same sex.
a homosexual person.

1890–95; homo- + sexual

antihomosexual, adjective

See gay.
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homosexual (ˌhəʊməʊˈsɛksjʊəl, ˌhɒm-)
1.  a person who is sexually attracted to members of the same sex
2.  of or relating to homosexuals or homosexuality
3.  of or relating to the same sex

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Word Origin & History

1892, in C.G. Chaddock's translation of Krafft-Ebing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," from homo-, comb. form of Gk. homos "same" (see same) + Latin-based sexual (see sex).
" 'Homosexual' is a barbarously hybrid word, and I claim no responsibility for it." [H. Havelock Ellis, "Studies in Psychology," 1897]
The noun is first recorded 1912 in Eng., 1907 in French. In technical use, either male or female; but in non-technical use almost always male. Slang shortened form homo first attested 1929. The alternative homophile (1960) was coined in ref. to the homosexual regarded as a person of a particular social group, rather than a sexual abnormality. Homo-erotic first recorded 1916; homophobia is from 1969.
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homosexual ho·mo·sex·u·al (hō'mə-sěk'shōō-əl, -mō-)
Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex. n.
A homosexual person; a gay man or a lesbian.

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