[lez-bos, -bohs; Greek lez-vaws]


Greek Lés·vos [lez-vaws] /ˈlɛz vɔs/.



noun, plural les·bos. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a lesbian.

Origin of lesbo

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; lesb(ian) + -o
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an island in the E Aegean, off the NW coast of Turkey: a centre of lyric poetry, led by Alcaeus and Sappho (6th century bc); annexed to Greece in 1913. Chief town: Mytilene. Pop: 90 642 (2001). Area: 1630 sq km (630 sq miles)Modern Greek name: Lésvos Former name: Mytilene
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Word Origin and History for lesbos


by 1940, colloquial shortening of lesbian.

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