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gender binary

Definition of Gender Binary

(noun) Gender distinctions divided into two categories, namely women and men or feminine or masculine.

Example of Gender Binary

  • Restrooms divided into women or men only.

Gender Binary Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: gen·der bi·na·ry

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈʤɛndər ˈbaɪnəri/
  • British English – /ˈʤɛndə ˈbaɪnəri/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: gender binaries
  • Also called:
    • binarism
    • gender binarism

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Works Consulted

Macmillan. (N.d.) Macmillan Dictionary. (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/).

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Gender Binary

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “gender binary.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/gender-binary/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

gender binary. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/gender-binary/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “gender binary.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/gender-binary/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“gender binary.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/gender-binary/>.