Meaning of “gay” in the English Dictionary

"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)


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)