lesbian
Pronunciation
  • (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈlɛzbi.ən/
Adjective

lesbian

  1. (of a woman) Homosexual, gay; preferring mostly or exclusively women as romantic or sexual partners.
    She is lesbian.
  2. (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Between two or more women; homosexual, gay.
    a lesbian relationship / marriage / kiss
    • 2011, Michael Bruce, ‎Robert M. Stewart, College Sex - Philosophy for Everyone ISBN 1444341448, page 32:
      […] Madonna's infamous nationally televised lesbian kiss with Britney Spears […]
  3. (especially of an institution or group) Intended for lesbians.
    We're going to a lesbian bar tonight.
    • 2000, Bonnie Zimmerman, Encyclopedia of lesbian and gay histories and cultures, volume 1, page 135:
      Some lesbians also felt comfortable in the entertainment clubs in the black section of the city; these clubs were not lesbian but were lesbian friendly.
Synonyms
  • (of a woman: preferring women partners) dyke (usually offensive, but reclaimed by some lesbians), gay (preferred by some lesbians), homosexual (not specific to women)
  • (between women; pertaining to women's homosexuality) dyke (usually offensive, but reclaimed by some lesbians), gay (preferred by some lesbians), homosexual (not specific to women)
Translations Translations Translations Noun

lesbian (plural lesbians)

  1. A homosexual woman, one who is mostly or exclusively sexually or romantically attracted to other women.
  2. (uncommon) A homosexual female animal.
    • 1979, Terry Hekker, Ever Since Adam and Eve (New York : Morrow):
      There was one recently that determined on an island off California 14 percent of the female sea gulls were lesbians (and we know that kind of thing would never go among Nantucket sea gulls).
    • 2014, George H Harrison, Birds Do It, Too: The Amazing Sex Life of Birds, Willow Creek Press (ISBN 9781623435950):
      The only between this pair and others in the community is that they are among the 8 to 14 percent of the residents that are lesbians. After building their nest, the pair, two female western gulls, customarily produce twice as many eggs ...
Synonyms Translations
Lesbian
Noun

lesbian (plural lesbians)

  1. A native or inhabitant of Lesbos.
    Synonyms: Lesviot
  2. (linguistics) The variety of Aeolic Greek spoken on Lesbos from about 800 to 300 smallcaps b.c., best known from the writings of Sappho and Alcaeus of Mytilene.
  3. Alternative letter-case form of lesbian: a homosexual woman.
Translations Adjective

lesbian

  1. Of or pertaining to the island of Lesbos.
  2. (linguistics) Of or pertaining to the Lesbian variety of Aeolic Greek.
  3. Alternative letter-case form of lesbian: (of women) homosexual.
    • 1901, [1985] Mary MacLane in A Day at a Time, Margo Culley ed.
      Except two breeds—the stupid and the narrowly feline—all women have a touch of the Lesbian: an assertion all good non-analytic creatures refute with horror, but quite true: there is always the poignant intensive personal taste, the flair of inner-sex, in the tenderest friendships of women.
    • 1989, Florence King, Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye
      Suddenly open enrollment struck the Sapphic elite and dykes-for-the-masses were everywhere. We got the Lesbian detective, the Lesbian ghost, the Lesbian vampire, the possessed Lesbian, the Lesbian next door, the Lesbian with a heart of gold, the kept Lesbian, the other Lesbian, the Lesbian amnesiac, the Lesbian with cancer, and just plain Butch.
  4. (archaic) Amatory; erotic.
    Lesbian novels
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