• synonyms


[an-droj-uh-nuh s]
  1. being both male and female; hermaphroditic.
  2. having both masculine and feminine characteristics.
  3. having an ambiguous sexual identity.
  4. neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance: the androgynous look of many rock stars.
  5. Botany. having staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence.
Show More

Origin of androgynous

First recorded in 1620–30; androgyne + -ous
Related formsan·drog·y·ny, noun
Can be confusedandrogenous androgynous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for androgyny

Contemporary Examples of androgyny

British Dictionary definitions for androgyny


  1. botany having male and female flowers in the same inflorescence, as cuckoo pint
  2. having male and female characteristics; hermaphrodite
Show More
Derived Formsandrogyny, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for androgyny


1833; see androgynous.

Show More



1620s, from Latin androgynus, from Greek androgynos "hermaphrodite, male and female in one; womanish man;" as an adjective (of baths) "common to men and women," from andros, genitive of aner "male" (see anthropo-) + gyne "woman" (see queen).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

androgyny in Medicine


  1. Female pseudohermaphroditism.
  2. The condition of having both masculine and feminine characteristics, as in appearance, attitude, or behavior.
Show More
Related formsan•drogy•nous (-nəs) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

androgyny in Science


  1. Having both female and male characteristics.
Show More
Related formsandrogyny noun (ăn-drŏjə-nē)
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.