gay Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “gay” in the English Dictionary

"gay" in British English

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gayadjective

uk   us   /ɡeɪ/

gay adjective (SEXUALITY)

B1 sexuallyattracted to ​people of the same ​sex and not to ​people of the ​oppositesex: gay ​rights Markknew he was gay by the ​time he was fourteen. the gay and ​lesbiancommunity
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gay adjective (HAPPY)

old-fashioned happy: We had a gay ​oldtime down at the ​dancehall. old-fashioned If a ​place is gay, it is ​bright and ​attractive: The ​streets were gay and ​full of ​people.

gay adjective (BAD QUALITY)

slang offensive not good, ​reasonable, or ​suitable
gayness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈɡeɪ.nəs/

gaynoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡeɪ/
a gay ​person, ​especially a man
(Definition of gay from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gay" in American English

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gayadjective

 us   /ɡeɪ/

gay adjective (HOMOSEXUAL)

homosexual: gay ​rights Note: Sometimes gay refers only to men.

gay adjective (HAPPY)

[-er/-est only] dated (of a ​person) ​happy, or (of a ​place) ​bright and ​attractive: Her gay, ​livelypersonality made her ​attractive to everyone who ​knew her.
gay
noun [C]  us   /ɡeɪ/
The ​lawbanneddiscrimination against gays.
(Definition of gay from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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