gen·der /ˈʤɛndɚ/ 名詞
Gen·der v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gendered p. pr. & vb. n. Gendering.] To beget; to engender.
Gen·der, v. i. To copulate; to breed. [R.]
1. Kind; sort. [Obs.] “One gender of herbs.”
2. Sex, male or female.
3. Gram. A classification of nouns, primarily according to sex; and secondarily according to some fancied or imputed quality associated with sex.
Gender is a grammatical distinction and applies to words only. Sex is natural distinction and applies to living objects. --R. Morris.
Note: ☞ Adjectives and pronouns are said to vary in gender when the form is varied according to the gender of the words to which they refer.
n 1: a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the
agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in
some languages it is quite arbitrary but in
Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or
animateness [syn: grammatical gender]
2: the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of
their reproductive roles; "she didn't want to know the sex
of the foetus" [syn: sex, sexuality]