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Definition of Homosexuality

(noun) Emotional, physical, romantic, or sexual attraction to members of the same sex based on a binary of female and male.

Homosexuality Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ho·mo·sex·u·al·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /hoh-muh-sek-shuh-wAl-uh-tee/
  • British English – /hoh-muh-sek-shu-A-li-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌhoʊmoʊˌsɛkʃəˈwælədi/
  • British English – /ˈhəʊməʊsɛksjʊˈælɪti/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: homosexualities
  • Men are referred to as gay and women as lesbian.
  • Homosexuality is compared and contrasted to asexuality, bisexuality, heterosexuality, and pansexuality.
  • Also called:
    • gayness
    • homosexualism
    • homoeroticism
    • queerness
  • A (noun) homosexual lives (adverb) homosexually.

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Cite the Definition of Homosexuality

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “homosexuality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/homosexuality/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

homosexuality. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/homosexuality/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “homosexuality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/homosexuality/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“homosexuality.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/homosexuality/>.