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"gay" in British English

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uk   /ɡeɪ/ us   /ɡeɪ/
  • gay adjective (SEXUALITY)

B1 sexually attracted to people of the same sex and not to people of the opposite sex: gay rights Mark knew he was gay by the time he was fourteen. the gay and lesbian community

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noun [U] uk   /ˈɡeɪ.nəs/ us   /ˈɡeɪ.nəs/

gaynoun [C]

uk   /ɡeɪ/ 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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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, lively personality made her attractive to everyone who knew her.
noun [C] us   /ɡeɪ/
The law banned discrimination against gays.
(Definition of gay from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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