Meaning of “gender” in the English Dictionary

"gender" in British English

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uk /ˈdʒen.dər/ us /ˈdʒen.dɚ/

gender noun (SEX)

B2 [ U ] the physical and/or social condition of being male or female:

Does this test show the gender of the baby?
Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age or disability is not allowed.

[ C, + sing/pl verb ] all males, or all females, considered as one group:

I think both genders are capable of taking care of children.

More examples

  • She felt that her destiny had been shaped by her gender.
  • The sample of people questioned was drawn from the university's student register and stratified by age and gender.
  • Male actors were used to play characters of both genders.
  • Forensic scientists can tell the gender of the victim from the skeleton.
  • There is an even gender ratio within the company.

(Definition of “gender” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gender" in American English

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gendernoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈdʒen·dər/

gender noun [ C/U ] (SEX)

the male or female sex, or the state of being either male or female:

[ U ] Discrimination on the basis of gender is not allowed.

gender noun [ C/U ] (GRAMMAR)

grammar the divisions, usually masculine, feminine, and neuter, into which nouns are separated in some languages:

[ C ] French has two genders and German has three.

(Definition of “gender” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"gender" in Business English

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gendernoun [ U ]

uk /ˈdʒendər/ us

the condition of being either male or female:

Polls show that Americans are willing to elect a woman president, suggesting that gender alone may no longer be a stumbling block.

(Definition of “gender” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)