[ sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, seks-yoo- ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, ˈsɛks yu- /


of, relating to, or for sex: sexual matters; sexual aids.
occurring between or involving the sexes: sexual relations.
having sexual organs or reproducing by processes involving both sexes.

Origin of sexual

1645–55; < Late Latin sexuālis, equivalent to sexu(s) sex + -ālis -al1

Related forms

Definition for sexual (2 of 2)


a combining form extracted from homosexual and heterosexual, used to describe a person's sexual orientation, identity, or preferences:pansexual;polysexual.
a combining form extracted from metrosexual, used to describe a person's lifestyle, appearance, or way of dressing with regard to attracting or choosing a romantic partner:vegansexual;lumbersexual. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sexual


/ (ˈsɛksjʊəl) /


of, relating to, or characterized by sex or sexuality
(of reproduction) characterized by the union of male and female gametesCompare asexual (def. 2)

Derived Forms

sexually, adverb

Word Origin for sexual

C17: from Late Latin sexuālis; see sex
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Medicine definitions for sexual


[ sĕkshōō-əl ]


Of, relating to, involving, or characteristic of sex, sexuality, the sexes, or the sex organs and their functions.
Implying or symbolizing erotic desires or activity.
Of, relating to, or involving the union of male and female gametes.

Related forms

sexu•al•ly adv.
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