sex Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "sex" - English Dictionary

See all translations

sexnoun

uk   us   /seks/

sex noun (MALE/FEMALE)

B1 [U] the state of being either male or female: What sex is your cat? Some tests enable you to find out the sex of your baby before it's born. It's illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of (their) sex. She accused her employer of sex discrimination (= of treating her unfairly because she was a woman).C1 [C] all males considered as a group, or all females considered as a group: She seems to regard all members of the male sex as inferior. Members of the opposite sex are not allowed in students' rooms overnight.
More examples

sex noun (ACTIVITY)

B1 [U] physical activity between people involving the sexual organs: Sex before/outside marriage is strongly disapproved of in some cultures. She was complaining about all the sex and violence on television. She'd been having sex with a colleague at work for years. Most young people now receive sex education at school. extramarital/premarital sex casual sex (= sex with someone you do not know) unprotected sex (= sex without using something to prevent disease or becoming pregnant)
More examples

sexverb [T]

uk   us   /seks/ specialized
to discover if an animal is male or female: How do you sex fish?
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “sex”
in Arabic جِنْس…
in Korean 섹스, 성교, 성별…
in Malaysian jantina…
in French sexe…
in Turkish cinsiyet, cins…
in Italian sesso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雄性或雌性, 性別, 男性…
in Russian секс, пол…
in Polish seks, płeć…
in Vietnamese giống, giới, phái…
in Spanish sexo…
in Portuguese sexo…
in Thai เพศ…
in German das Geschlecht, geschlechts-……
in Catalan sexe…
in Japanese セックス, 性交, 性別…
in Indonesian jenis kelamin…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雄性或雌性, 性别, 男性…
(Definition of sex from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sex?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sex” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
straight

the straight part of a racetrack (= the track on which competitors race)

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More