|b. of or for homosexuals: a gay club|
|2.||a. carefree and merry: a gay temperament|
|b. brightly coloured; brilliant: a gay hat|
|c. given to pleasure, esp in social entertainment: a gay life|
|[C13: from Old French gai, from Old Provençal, of Germanic origin]|
|usage Gayness is the word used to refer to homosexuality. The noun which refers to being carefree and merry is gaiety|
Relating to a homosexual or the lifestyle thereof. n.
A homosexual, especially male.
Descriptive term for homosexuals.
A male homosexual or a lesbian •Widely used by heterosexuals in preference to pejorative terms : a hideaway for live-together couples and middle-aged gays (1920s+ Homosexuals)
[perhaps by extension fr earlier British gay, ''leading a whore's life'']