[ hom-uh-noid ]
/ ˈhɒm əˌnɔɪd /


Anthropology. a member of the biological superfamily Hominoidea, including all modern great apes and humans and a number of their extinct ancestors and relatives.

Nearby words

  1. hominid,
  2. hominids,
  3. hominin,
  4. hominine,
  5. hominization,
  6. hominy,
  7. hominy grits,
  8. homme,
  9. homme d'affaires,
  10. homme du monde

Origin of hominoid

1925–30; < Latin homin- (stem of homō) man (see Homo) + -oid

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British Dictionary definitions for hominoid


/ (ˈhɒmɪˌnɔɪd) /


of or like man; manlike
of, relating to, or belonging to the primate superfamily Hominoidea, which includes the anthropoid apes and man


a hominoid animal

Word Origin for hominoid

C20: from Latin homin-, homo man + -oid

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Word Origin and History for hominoid



"man-like," 1927, from Latin homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus) + -oid.

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Science definitions for hominoid


[ hŏmə-noid′ ]

A primate belonging to the superfamily Hominoidea, which includes apes and humans.
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