gender binary

[ jen-der bahy-nuh-ree, ‐ner-ee ]
/ ˈdʒɛn dər ˌbaɪ nə ri, ‐nɛr i /


a classification system consisting of two genders, male and female.
a concept or belief that there are only two genders and that one's biological or birth gender will align with traditional social constructs of masculine and feminine identity, expression, and sexuality.

Nearby words

  1. genck,
  2. gendarme,
  3. gendarmerie,
  4. gender,
  5. gender bender,
  6. gender dysphoria,
  7. gender equality,
  8. gender expression,
  9. gender gap,
  10. gender identity

Origin of gender binary

First recorded in 1980–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019