Definition of lesbian in English:

lesbian

noun

  • A homosexual woman.

    • ‘As a lesbian I want marriage equality in my home state of California.’
    • ‘She believes that her achievement as an out lesbian will encourage other applicants for the scholarship to come out.’
    • ‘It's encouraging that the right is less hostile to gays and lesbians than it used to be.’
    • ‘He knew she was a self-identified lesbian.’
    • ‘He was raised by lesbians and identifies as a cis heterosexual male.’
    • ‘In the article she touched on the lack of African-American lesbians who have come out.’
    • ‘I would have to ask whether you actually know any gay men or lesbians, and if so whether you have had this discussion with them.’
    • ‘The debate has given rise to some soul-searching about how gays and lesbians are treated in this affluent, tightknit community.’
    • ‘In a few decades people will look at the bigotry against gays and lesbians as medieval.’
    • ‘He urged gay men and lesbians to make their voices heard.’
    • ‘She came out publicly as a lesbian in 2010.’
    homosexual woman, gay woman
    tribade, invert
    les, lesbo, lezzy, butch, femme, dyke, bulldyke
    rug muncher, carpet muncher
    zami
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adjective

  • Relating to homosexual women or to homosexuality in women.

    ‘a lesbian relationship’
    • ‘Massachusetts today became the first state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.’
    • ‘How do you know that the two lesbian mothers are not going to be superb parents?’
    • ‘The gay and lesbian community has had to undergo a significant adjustment.’
    • ‘The judgement came in a complex dispute over parental rights between three gay and lesbian civil partner couples.’
    • ‘She feels today's lesbian comedians aren't afraid to tell jokes without excluding a major part of their lives.’
    • ‘The civil unions law in Vermont has proved to be good news for gay and lesbian couples.’
    • ‘It shocks me that gay and lesbian relationships can still be such a divisive issue for so many people.’
    • ‘She's bisexual and has had lesbian relationships.’
    • ‘Donor insemination may also useful for single women and lesbian couples.’
    • ‘Not all online travel companies embrace gay and lesbian travelers.’
    • ‘She immersed herself in the lesbian community in which she lived at the time.’
    • ‘Non-traditional families are more common than you think: in my daughter's preschool class there are at least two lesbian couples.’
    homosexual, gay, lesbigay
    glbt, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered
    tribadic
    les, lesbo, butch, lezzy, dykey
    queer, bent
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Origin

Late 19th century: via Latin from Greek Lesbios, from Lesbos, home of Sappho, who expressed affection for women in her poetry, + -ian.

Pronunciation:

lesbian

/ˈlezbēən/

Definition of Lesbian in English:

Lesbian

adjective

  • From or relating to the island of Lesbos.

Pronunciation:

Lesbian

/ˈlezbēən/