Definition of heterosexual in English:

heterosexual

adjective

  • 1(of a person) sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex.

    • ‘Teenage heterosexual boys, these mothers know, are bound to bring heartache.’
    • ‘Experts expect that employers who offer benefits to spouses of heterosexual employees will cover same sex spouses too.’
    • ‘This is why heterosexual people have sex even if they don't want - or can't have - children.’
    • ‘Most of the couples probably value marriage more than the average heterosexual couple because it's been denied them.’
    • ‘He compares these thoughts to the temptations that married heterosexual men have for women other than their wives.’
    • ‘The other students, straight male heterosexual students, make fun of him but I know deep inside that they like him.’
    • ‘As a result, I am more in touch with my own sexuality than most heterosexual people could even come close to achieving.’
    • ‘The incidence of HIV infection and AIDS is growing rapidly among heterosexual women.’
    • ‘He says his doctors automatically assume he's heterosexual when they learn he's married.’
    • ‘Gay men are now more likely to practice safer sex than heterosexual men.’
    • ‘In everyday society we do not dwell on a heterosexual person's bedroom habits.’
    • ‘It found no meaningful differences between children raised by gay parents and those raised by heterosexual parents.’
    • ‘Sexual orientation was assessed by asking interviewees whether they are heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual.’
    • ‘Gloria is heterosexual but says she enjoys holding hands, cuddling, and kissing with women.’
    • ‘There are few things more intimidating to most heterosexual men than a gay man who is attracted to them.’
    • ‘The Globe company needs to experiment with casting actors who are androgynous enough to be sexually alluring to heterosexual men.’
    • ‘A new study finds that lesbians earn more than straight women while heterosexual men earn more than their gay counterparts.’
    • ‘It's true, heterosexual people have so much certainty about themselves.’
    • ‘In the United States lesbians and single heterosexual women generally have full access to fertility treatments.’
    • ‘If the relationship is allowed to develop, your friend will most likely find out soon enough whether or not this gentleman is heterosexual.’
    straight, hetero, het
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    1. 1.1 Involving or characterized by sexual attraction between people of the opposite sex.
      ‘heterosexual relationships’
      • ‘Thus developmental sequence, not age cohort, best predicted heterosexual romantic and sexual involvement.’
      • ‘Take a situation where, after the break up of a heterosexual relationship, there are frozen, fertilised eggs and the woman wants to use them to have a child on her own.’
      • ‘Unwanted sexual experiences are common in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships.’
      • ‘Therefore, if I were in a committed heterosexual relationship, with no desire to get married, I might well have a legitimate grievance at that stage.’
      • ‘Issues surrounding trust and commitment may interfere with condom use in some heterosexual relationships.’
      • ‘He was in a stable heterosexual relationship with his partner of over five years and denied being an injecting drug user.’
      • ‘Davies, who was in a heterosexual common-law relationship for 24 years, has long been a supporter of gay and lesbian rights.’
      • ‘This article focuses exclusively on heterosexual relationships.’
      • ‘I'm also proud of the fact that I'm in a monogamous, heterosexual relationship with my soul mate, who happens to be in the form of a man.’
      • ‘If you are gay, and in a relationship, wouldn't you like it to be public knowledge, just as heterosexual de facto relationships are.’
      • ‘The majority of these cases of heterosexual transmission resulted from sexual contact with a partner who was an intravenous drug user.’
      • ‘Those who reported heterosexual sexual relationships were also likely to report heterosexual romantic relationships.’
      • ‘And of course in all this, in heterosexual relationships, contraception tends to fall to the woman to sort out.’
      • ‘Lesbian and gay relationships can be as nurturing and monogamous as heterosexual relationships.’
      • ‘Men in a heterosexual relationship who also are engaging in sex with other men may not identify themselves as bisexual or homosexual.’
      • ‘When it came to benefits, those in heterosexual relationships were treated as a couple and got less than they would have if they were treated as two individuals.’
      • ‘There is ample evidence to show that sexual aggression is a serious problem in heterosexual relationships.’
      • ‘The data presented here are part of a larger study developing methods to assess power and gender roles in heterosexual relationships.’
      • ‘All the principles we would use to evaluate a heterosexual relationship we would also use to evaluate a homosexual one.’
      • ‘Compared to most of the heterosexual relationships in the film, however, even a tragic lesbian relationship looks appealing.’
      straight, hetero, het
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noun

  • A heterosexual person.

    • ‘It's high time we rid ourselves of the myth that professional sport is somehow the almost exclusive preserve of heterosexuals.’
    • ‘Clearly, some gays are unsuitable parents, but plenty of heterosexuals are no great shakes as mummies and daddies.’
    • ‘All available mainstream studies show that homosexuals are no better and no worse at raising children than are heterosexuals.’
    • ‘Such a law requires the government itself to treat gays the same as heterosexuals.’
    • ‘However, to brand heterosexuals and lesbians as somehow naturally more monogamous is misleading.’
    • ‘Even heterosexuals are showing greater skepticism about relationships and marriage.’
    • ‘Around half the cases in Swindon are in gay men, while the rest are heterosexuals of both genders.’
    • ‘It is well-known that some people choose to have sex in public places but this is the case for heterosexuals and lesbians as well as gay men.’
    • ‘It's true, lots of heterosexuals constantly make a big fuss about their sexuality in the workplace.’
    • ‘They think marriage is a good idea for heterosexuals but don't support it as much for gay men.’
    • ‘Talking about homosexuality is easier for heterosexuals than talking about adultery or divorce.’
    • ‘Many bisexuals experience hostility not only from heterosexuals but also from gay people.’
    • ‘This would allow same sex couples as well as heterosexuals, to announce their commitment to another person for an agreed length of time.’
    • ‘Clearly they assign a greater significance to marriage than considering it just a civil contract, as do most heterosexuals.’
    • ‘These correlations suggest a variety of influences on heterosexuals ' attitudes.’
    • ‘It seems as if heterosexuals are willing to tolerate homosexuals, but only from a position of power.’
    • ‘We believe that gays and lesbians should have the same rights as heterosexuals.’
    • ‘In Denmark, the gay divorce rate is one-fifth of the divorce rate for heterosexuals.’
    • ‘In practice, lesbians tend to be more faithful than heterosexuals are.’
    • ‘That lesson is now spreading across the country, as more and more heterosexuals stand up for gay marriage.’

Pronunciation

heterosexual

/hɛt(ə)rə(ʊ)ˈsɛkʃʊəl/