a homosexual.


advocating or supportive of the interests, civil rights, and welfare of homosexuals; gay: a homophile activist organization.

Origin of homophile

1955–60; homo- + -phile, on the model of homosexual
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Related Words for homophile

homosexual, homoerotic, lesbian, homophile, gay, Sapphic

British Dictionary definitions for homophile



a rare word for homosexual
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Word Origin and History for homophile

1960, from homo- (2) "homosexual" + -phile. An attempt to coin a word for a homosexual person as part of a social group, rather than a sexual deviant.

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