[ hoh-muh-sek-shoo-al-i-tee, or, especially British, -seks-yoo- ]

nounSometimes Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. sexual desire or behavior directed toward people of one's own sex or gender.

  2. the state of being sexually attracted only to people of one's own sex or gender.

Origin of homosexuality

First recorded in 1890–95; homo- + sexuality

usage note For homosexuality

Is “homosexuality” offensive? See homosexual.

Other words from homosexuality

  • an·ti·ho·mo·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun, adjective

Words Nearby homosexuality

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How to use homosexuality in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for homosexuality


/ (ˌhəʊməʊˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ, ˌhɒm-) /

  1. sexual attraction to or sexual relations with members of the same sex: Compare heterosexuality

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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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