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Certainly our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters need to be supported in living out their call to holiness.
Salvatore J. Cordileone

Meaning of "lesbian" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LESBIAN

From the homosexuality attributed to Sappho.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LESBIAN

lesbian  [ˈlɛzbɪən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LESBIAN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Lesbian can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES LESBIAN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Lesbian

A lesbian is a female homosexual; a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females. The term lesbian is also used with regard to sexual identity or sexual behavior, or as an adjective to characterize or associate nouns with female homosexuality or same-sex attraction. The concept of "lesbian," to differentiate women with a shared sexual orientation, is a 20th-century construct. Throughout history, women have not had the same freedom or independence to pursue homosexual relationships as men, but neither have they met the same harsh punishment as homosexual men in some societies. Instead, lesbian relationships have often been regarded as harmless and incomparable to heterosexual ones unless the participants attempted to assert privileges traditionally enjoyed by men. As a result, little in history was documented to give an accurate description of how female homosexuality is expressed.

Definition of lesbian in the English dictionary

The definition of lesbian in the dictionary is a female homosexual. Other definition of lesbian is of or characteristic of lesbians.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LESBIAN


Albion
ˈælbɪən
amphibian
æmˈfɪbɪən
Arabian
əˈreɪbɪən
Colombian
kəˈlɒmbɪən
Columbian
kəˈlʌmbɪən
Danubian
dænˈjuːbɪən
Fabian
ˈfeɪbɪən
gabion
ˈɡeɪbɪən
Gambian
ˈɡæmbɪən
Gibeon
ˈɡɪbɪən
hasbian
ˈhæzbɪən
Jacobean
ˌdʒækəˈbɪən
Jacobian
dʒəˈkəʊbɪən
Libyan
ˈlɪbɪən
Namibian
nɑːˈmɪbɪən
Nubian
ˈnjuːbɪən
Serbian
ˈsɜːbɪən
Sorbian
ˈsɔːbɪən
Swabian
ˈsweɪbɪən
Zambian
ˈzæmbɪən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LESBIAN

lesbianism
lesbic
lesbo
Lesbos
lese-majesty
lesion
Lesotho
lespedeza
less
less of
lessee
lesseeship
lessen
lessening
Lesseps
lesser
lesser anteater
lesser Antillean iguana

WORDS THAT END LIKE LESBIAN

Adrian
Asian
Australian
Brazilian
Brian
British Columbian
Bulgarian
Canadian
Christian
Gobian
Hungarian
Indian
Indonesian
Italian
lipstick lesbian
microbian
pre-Columbian
Russian
Saudi Arabian
South Arabian

Synonyms and antonyms of lesbian in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LESBIAN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «lesbian» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of lesbian

Translation of «lesbian» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LESBIAN

Find out the translation of lesbian to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of lesbian from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «lesbian» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

女同性恋的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

lesbiana
570 millions of speakers

English

lesbian
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

समलैंगिक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مثليه
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

лесбиянки
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

lésbico
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লেসবিয়ান
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

lesbien
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Lesbian
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

lesbisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

レスビアンの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

레즈비언의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Lesbian
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đồng tính nữ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

லெஸ்பியன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

समलिंगी स्त्रिया
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

lezbiyen
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

lesbico
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

lesbijek
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

лесбіянки
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

lesbiene
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λεσβία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lesbiese
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lesbisk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

lesbisk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of lesbian

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LESBIAN»

The term «lesbian» is very widely used and occupies the 4.024 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LESBIAN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about lesbian

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10 QUOTES WITH «LESBIAN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word lesbian.
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Clare Balding
I am many things, but one of the things I am is a lesbian.
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Tammy Baldwin
All my life, the naysayers have told me that I can't win because I'm a progressive... because I'm a woman... even because I'm a lesbian.
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Jill Bennett
We are in desperate need of a well-done romantic lesbian comedy.
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Amber Benson
I think specifically because of the character that I played, people are very connected to her. I used to get letters from young gay and lesbian and trans-gendered kids saying, 'I didn't kill myself because of Buffy'.
5
Moon Bloodgood
I don't know why I've always been uncomfortable being too feminine. If a dress has too many flowers on it, if I'm giggling too much, I'm like ugh, put some combat boots on. I love masculine women. I think it's because I'm like a fake lesbian, I don't know.
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Earl Blumenauer
Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics. There are social cross-currents. We see failed marriages. But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens.
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Crystal Bowersox
I know that, as a bisexual, sometimes people who are gay or lesbian look down upon the bisexual community as well and assume that people who are bisexual just don't know what they want or are just playing both sides of the fence, and that's not the case, either.
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Jeremy Clarkson
The problem is that television executives have got it into their heads that if one presenter on a show is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed heterosexual boy, the other must be a black Muslim lesbian.
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Kate Clinton
Lesbian humor isn't trying to sell anything, it doesn't have to sell out. Coming out as a lesbian onstage is still a very political act; if it weren't, more women would do it.
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Salvatore J. Cordileone
Certainly our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters need to be supported in living out their call to holiness.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LESBIAN»

Discover the use of lesbian in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to lesbian and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Lesbian Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia
"This source is unique among encyclopedias of homosexuality with separate volumes devoted to gay and lesbian issues. The volumes consist of short, signed entries arranged alphabetically.
Bonnie Zimmerman, 2000
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Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships
Written with lesbian couples and their special needs in mind, this guide to navigating the tricky waters of lesbian relationships focuses on a wide range of issues, including butch-femme, transgender identity, monogamy, bisexuality, and ...
D. Merilee Clunis, G. Dorsey Green, 2004
3
Lesbian Ethics: Toward New Value
Challenging control in lesbian relationships, this book develops an ethics relevent to lesbians under oppression.
Sarah Lucia Hoagland, 1988
4
Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/feminist Performance
The Split Britches theatre company have led the way in innovative and challenging lesbian performance for the last decade.
Sue-Ellen Case, 1996
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The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader
Mab Segrest, My Mama's Dead Squirrel: Lesbian Essays on Southern Culture ( Ithaca, N.Y.: Firebrand, 1985), pp. 101-2. 15. For two of the most influential reconstructions, see Alice Echols, “The Taming of the Id: Feminist Sexual Politics,  ...
Henry Abelove, 2012
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Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement
This volume will be valued by everyone interested in gay and lesbian history, the history of social movements, and the history of the United States.
Marc Stein, 2012
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Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Narratives
2009 Association of American University Presses Award for Jacket Design In the 1990s, improving the quality of life became a primary focus and a popular catchphrase of the governments of New York and many other American cities.
Marilyn R. Farwell, 1996
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The Family of Woman: Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, and ...
This book offers a close and clear-eyed look into a form this change has taken most recently, the lesbian coparent family.
Maureen Sullivan, 2004
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Lesbian Mothers: Accounts of Gender in American Culture
In this illuminating book, lesbian mothers tell their stories in their own words--how they became mothers; how they see their relationships with their children, relatives, lovers and friends; and how they deal with threats to custody.
Ellen Lewin, 1993
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging: Research and ...
This volume fills a unique gap.
Douglas C. Kimmel, Tara Rose, Steven David, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LESBIAN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term lesbian is used in the context of the following news items.
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Video: Landscape has changed for gay, lesbian couples
On the 10th anniversary of the legalization of gay marriage in Canada, we talk with Tom Graff and Antony Porcino, who were the first couple to ... «The Province, Jul 15»
2
Christian bakers raise $372,000 on fundraising page after refusing …
This prompted the lesbian couple to seek damages before an administrative law court in Oregon, claiming that they were discriminated against ... «ChristianToday, Jul 15»
3
Dianna Agron Plays Young Lesbian Facing Family Crisis In "Hollow …
The actress was cast as the lead in Hollow In The Land, where she'll play a 'tomboyish lesbian' who works at a pulp mill. Deadline described ... «NewNowNext, Jul 15»
4
Lesbian Connection: Bipasha Basu receives diamond necklace from …
Bipasha revealed in an interview to Stardust when she was questioned whether she has ever been hit on by a lesbian. According to the reports ... «India.com, Jul 15»
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Gay sperm donor helps lesbian couple parent twins · PinkNews
The couple are celebrating the birth of their twin sons after they made used the free service provided by Kenzie Kilpatrick. Mr Kilpatrick offers ... «PinkNews, Jul 15»
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Celebrating 40 years, Richmond Lesbian Feminists were there for …
Richmond Lesbian Feminists formed to give women a safe space –– in a time and place that wasn't very welcoming to gay people. “It was a ... «LGBTQ Nation, Jul 15»
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Lesbian couple celebrate twin boys after using sperm from Kenzie …
A Lesbian couple are celebrating the birth of twin boys after using free sperm from a gay man who advertised his services on Facebook. «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
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Lesbian appeals to Pope Francis after Catholic school fires her partner
"Not just for Margie and myself, but for the injustices that have been done in the name of our faith against gay and lesbian members of the ... «Lifesite, Jul 15»
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Bipasha Basu says encounter with lesbian scary, Twitterati fume …
Bipasha Basu has been hit on by numerous men. However, in an interview to Stardust, Basu opened up about her encounter with a lesbian. «India Today, Jul 15»
10
Black Lesbian Says N.Y. Cop Choked Her, Then Charged Her with …
Officer Salvator Aquino has come under police investigation, while the Brooklyn district attorney separately considers hate crime charges. «Advocate.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Lesbian [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/lesbian>. Aug 2019 ».
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