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grammatical gender

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noun Grammar.
  1. 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.”
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Origin of grammatical gender

First recorded in 1870–75
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