[ hoh-muh-sek-shoo-al-i-tee, or, esp. British, -seks-yoo- ]
/ ˌhoʊ məˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti, or, esp. British, -ˌsɛks yu- /


sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex.



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Origin of homosexuality

First recorded in 1890–95; homo- + sexuality

usage note for homosexuality

OTHER WORDS FROM homosexuality

an·ti·ho·mo·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for homosexuality

/ (ˌhəʊməʊˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ, ˌhɒm-) /


sexual attraction to or sexual relations with members of the same sexCompare heterosexuality
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Medical definitions for homosexuality

[ hō′mə-sĕk′shōō-ălĭ-tē, -mō- ]


Sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.
Sexual activity with another of the same sex.
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Cultural definitions for homosexuality


A sexual attraction between persons of the same sex. (See gay and lesbian; compare heterosexuality.)

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