grammatical gender

noun Grammar.

gender based on arbitrary assignment, without regard to the referent of a noun, as in French le livre (masculine), “the book,” and German das Mädchen (neuter), “the girl.”

Nearby words

  1. grammar,
  2. grammar school,
  3. grammar-translation method,
  4. grammarian,
  5. grammatical,
  6. grammatical meaning,
  7. grammaticality,
  8. grammaticalize,
  9. grammaticism,
  10. grammatist

Origin of grammatical gender

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019