- of or relating to Lesbos.
- (usually lowercase) of, relating to, or characteristic of female homosexuality.
- (usually lowercase) erotic; sensual.
- an inhabitant of Lesbos.
- (usually lowercase) a female homosexual.
Origin of Lesbian
Examples from the Web for lesbian
It said: “Tonie Tobias, Information Technology, President of GLEN, Gay and Lesbian Employee Network.”
She told a story of a fellow employee who identifies as a butch dyke (a lesbian who takes on a more masculine identity).The LGBT Center That Changed Our Lives
December 22, 2014
And who better to do that with than the actress who is playing the object of said (alleged) lesbian affection in the flick?Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
And as bad as it might be for gay or lesbian people, the discrimination is markedly worse for transgender people.
Much more common is the African American lesbian couple in the Deep South raising children at or below the poverty line.
It is called Lesbian love or saphism; and the women inverts are known as tribades.The Sexual Question
The style of carving of the cymatium with its astragal should be the Lesbian.Ten Books on Architecture
No; then of course she was the tenth—and was not she "the Lesbian maid?"
"Even the Lesbian swan was called the fair-haired," replied Florus.The Emperor, Complete
These years also constitute the golden age of Lesbian culture.
- a female homosexual
- of or characteristic of lesbians
- a native or inhabitant of Lesbos
- the Aeolic dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Lesbos
- of or relating to Lesbos
- of or relating to the poetry of Lesbos, esp that of Sappho
Word Origin and History for lesbian
1590s, "pertaining to the island of Lesbos," from Latin Lesbius, from Greek lesbios "of Lesbos," Greek island in northeastern Aegean Sea (the name originally may have meant "wooded"), home of Sappho, great lyric poet whose erotic and romantic verse embraced women as well as men, hence meaning "relating to homosexual relations between women" (1890; lesbianism in this sense is attested from 1870) and the noun, first recorded 1925. Before this, the principal figurative use (common in 17c.) was lesbian rule (c.1600) a mason's rule of lead, of a type used on Lesbos, which could be bent to fit the curves of a molding; hence, "pliant morality or judgment."
And this is the nature of the equitable, a correction of law where it is defective owing to its universality. ... For when the thing is indefinite the rule also is indefinite, like the leaden rule used in making the Lesbian moulding; the rule adapts itself to the shape of the stone and is not rigid, and so too the decree is adapted to the facts. [Aristotle, "Nicomachean Ethics"]
Cf. also tribadism.
- A woman whose sexual orientation is to other women.
- Relating to or being a lesbian.
A homosexual woman. (See also gay.)