• Sexually (and/or romantically) attracted to members of the same sex, for example, like a man who is attracted to men or a woman who is attracted to women.
  • Between two people of the same sex; gay.
  • Intended for or used by homosexuals, as a nightclub, a bar, etc.


  • A person who is sexually attracted solely or primarily to others of the same sex.


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  • Borrowed from German Homosexual, from homo- + sexual, coined by Karl-Maria Kertbeny in 1869, and popularized in Richard von Krafft-Ebing's 1886 Psychopathia Sexualis (in German) and Charles Gilbert Chaddock's 1892 English translation thereof (compare bisexual), displacing the slightly older term Uranian. Equivalent to homo- + -sexual.

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