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bisexual

[ bahy-sek-shoo-uhl ]
/ baɪˈsɛk ʃu əl /
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adjective
noting or relating to a person who is sexually or romantically attracted to people of two or more genders.
Biology.
  1. of both biological sexes.
  2. combining male and female organs in one individual.
noun
a person who is sexually or romantically attracted to people of two or more genders.
Biology. an animal or plant that has the reproductive organs of both biological sexes.
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Origin of bisexual

First recorded in 1815–25; bi-1 + sexual

usage note for bisexual

As with many other labels used to describe people, the adjective form ( a bisexual author ) is preferred over the noun form. The noun, while sometimes acceptable in the plural (a flag designed for bisexuals ), is often less acceptable in the singular ( a bisexual I work with), especially when not used for self-reference.
Traditionally, bisexual has referred to romantic, emotional, or sexual attraction to two, and no more than two, genders, specifically men and women. However, the term is increasingly being used to refer to a level of sexual fluidity in which an individual moves bidirectionally along a spectrum of sexuality. This newer sense acknowledges attraction to people who do not fall within the gender binary.

OTHER WORDS FROM bisexual

bi·sex·u·al·i·ty [bahy-sek-shoo-al-i-tee] /baɪˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti/ bi·sex·u·al·ism, nounbi·sex·u·al·ly, adverb
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How to use bisexual in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bisexual

bisexual
/ (baɪˈsɛksjʊəl) /

adjective
sexually attracted by both men and women
showing characteristics of both sexesa bisexual personality
(of some plants and animals) having both male and female reproductive organs
of or relating to both sexes
noun
a bisexual organism; a hermaphrodite
a bisexual person

Derived forms of bisexual

bisexuality (baɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ) or esp US bisexualism, nounbisexually, adverb
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