Origin of epicene
OTHER WORDS FROM epiceneep·i·cen·ism, noun
Words nearby epicene
How to use epicene in a sentence
The courtiers were an effete and in some cases epicene crew.
In English grammar there are no true epicene nouns, but the term is sometimes used instead of common gender.
The latest development of the impulses which animate the epicene sex has taken its expression in after-dinner oratory.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. II (of 2)|Eliza Lynn Linton
This seemed to him an odd way to look at things, and he boggled over a phrase about an "epicene lily."Huntingtower|John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for epicene
- denoting a noun that may refer to a male or a female, such as teacher as opposed to businessman or shepherd
- (in Latin, Greek, etc) denoting a noun that retains the same grammatical gender regardless of the sex of the referent