Meaning of “sexual orientation” in the English Dictionary

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"sexual orientation" in British English

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sexual orientationnoun [ U or C ]

uk /ˌsek.sjʊəl ɔː.ri.enˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌsek.sjʊəl ɔːr.i.enˈteɪ.ʃən/

the fact of someone preferring to have sexual relationships either with men, or with women, or with both:

The club is open to people of all sexual orientations.

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

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sexual orientationnoun [ U ]

/ˈsek·ʃu·əl ˌɔr·i·ənˈteɪ·ʃən, ˌoʊr-/ also sexual preference, /ˈsek·ʃu·əl ˈpref·ər·əns/

the tendency to have feelings of physical attraction for members of the opposite or the same sex

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