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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a sex crime (=in which someone is sexually attacked)
a sex scandal
▪ There are rumours of a sex scandal involving senior government ministers.
a sex/drug/terrorist etc offence
▪ Thirty-three people were charged with drug offences.
a sex/rape fiend (=one who commits very unpleasant sex attacks)
casual sex
▪ John just wanted casual sex.
fair sex
have phone sex
▪ She claimed the relationship consisted mainly of him calling her up to have phone sex.
oral sex
phone sex
▪ She claimed the relationship consisted mainly of him calling her up to have phone sex.
safe sex
sex appeal
▪ She’s young and pretty and full of sex appeal.
sex attacker
▪ a sex attacker
sex before/outside marriage
▪ Her religious beliefs prevented sex before marriage.
sex bias
▪ She has taken out a lawsuit against her employer, accusing them of sex bias.
sex change
sex discrimination
▪ She is suing the company for sex discrimination.
sex drive
▪ The treatment will not affect your sex drive.
sex drive
sex education
sex industry
sex life
▪ an active and fulfilling sex life
sex maniac
sex object
sex offender
sex organ
sex shop
sex symbol
▪ Hollywood’s newest sex symbol
sex tourism
sex worker
sex/gender differences (=between men and women)
▪ gender differences in levels of criminality
sex/sexual discrimination (also gender discriminationformal)
▪ She claimed she’d been the victim of sex discrimination.
sexual/reproductive/sex organs
▪ the male and female sexual organs
weaker sex
▪ Many siblings quarrel and fight particularly if they are of opposite sexes.
penetrative sex
power-mad/money-mad/sex-mad etc
religious/sex maniac
sex toy
social/personal/sex etc life
▪ Full of character, Paxos has an easy social life, ideal for people on holiday by themselves.
▪ He considered her sound as a bell in most ways, apart from this mad preoccupation with Nicandra's social life.
▪ He frequently attempted to deflect criticism of his administration and personal life by characterizing such allegations as the product of white racism.
▪ He would state all these things and would add that Citizen Oswald takes no part in the social life of the shop.
▪ She didn't have many friends and not much of a social life.
▪ The next programme started - an analysis of political and social life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
▪ The social life of the island was in disarray.
▪ They are active shoppers and visibly social, using their social life to forward their careers.
the battle of the sexes
▪ Plants do not escape the battle of the sexes.
the fair sex
the opposite sex
▪ He's very nervous around members of the opposite sex.
▪ The magazine article's title was "How to become irresistible to the opposite sex."
the weaker sex
unprotected sex
unsafe sex
▪ a refreshing and unusual approach to sex education
▪ Are the twins the same sex?
▪ Eating disorders affect people of both sexes, not just girls.
▪ I don't want my kids seeing all that sex and violence on TV.
▪ Most women are confronted by sex discrimination at some time in their working lives.
▪ Rupert has never shown much interest in members of the opposite sex.
▪ She had no interest in sex after the baby was born.
▪ Should students be taught about sex in elementary school?
▪ Some people ignore advice about safe sex and do not wear condoms.
▪ The test can be used to determine a baby's sex before it is born.
▪ You can now find out your baby's sex before it is born.
▪ You have to put your name, age, and sex on the form.
▪ Husbands who feel insecure about their masculinity, or wives about their femininity, are especially vulnerable to extra-marital sex.
▪ Many staff feel uneasy with subjects such as sex education.
▪ Propaganda buys direct from London and sells clothes and shoes for club-ing for both sexes.
▪ Unlike many other societies, including our own, Chewong ideas about human nature are truly applicable to both sexes.
▪ We recruit, train and manage our employees regardless of sex, ethnic origin or religion.
▪ Adult males have a humped forehead and longer fin extensions, but there is no obvious way of sexing smaller individuals.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gender \Gen"der\ (j[e^]n"d[~e]r), n. [OF. genre, gendre (with excrescent d.), F.genre, fr. L. genus, generis, birth, descent, race, kind, gender, fr. the root of genere, gignere, to beget, in pass., to be born, akin to E. kin. See Kin, and cf. Generate, Genre, Gentle, Genus.]

  1. Kind; sort. [Obs.] ``One gender of herbs.''

  2. Sex, male or female.

    Note: The use of the term gender to refer to the sex of an animal, especially a person, was once common, then fell into disuse as the term became used primarily for the distinction of grammatical declension forms in inflected words. In the late 1900's, the term again became used to refer to the sex of people, as a euphemism for the term sex, especially in discussions of laws and policies on equal treatment of sexes. Objections by prescriptivists that the term should be used only in a grammatical context ignored the earlier uses.

  3. (Gram.) A classification of nouns, primarily according to sex; and secondarily according to some fancied or imputed quality associated with sex.

    Gender is a grammatical distinction and applies to words only. Sex is natural distinction and applies to living objects.
    --R. Morris.

    Note: Adjectives and pronouns are said to vary in gender when the form is varied according to the gender of the words to which they refer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1884, "to determine the sex of," from sex (n.); to sex (something) up "increase the sex appeal of" is recorded from 1942. Related: Sexed; sexing.


late 14c., "males or females collectively," from Latin sexus "a sex, state of being either male or female, gender," of uncertain origin. "Commonly taken with seco as division or 'half' of the race" [Tucker], which would connect it to secare "to divide or cut" (see section (n.)). Meaning "quality of being male or female" first recorded 1520s. Meaning "sexual intercourse" first attested 1929 (in writings of D.H. Lawrence); meaning "genitalia" is attested from 1938. Sex appeal attested by 1904.\n\nFor the raw sex appeal of the burlesque "shows" there is no defense, either. These "shows" should be under official supervision, at the least, and boys beneath the age of eighteen forbidden, perhaps, to attend their performance, just as we forbid the sale of liquors to minors.

[Walter Prichard Eaton, "At the New Theatre and Others: The American Stage, Its Problems and Performances," Boston, 1910]

\nSex drive is from 1918; sex object is 1901; sex symbol is 1871 in anthropology; the first person to whom the term was applied seems to have been Marilyn Monroe (1959). Sex therapist is from 1974.

n. 1 (context countable English) A main division into which an organism is placed according to its reproductive functions or organs. (qualifier: In most organisms, the division is into males and females; some organisms have additional sexes.) 2 (context uncountable English) The sum of the biological characteristics by which male and female and other organisms are distinguished. 3 (context uncountable English) sexual intercourse; the act of sexual intercourse. 4 (context euphemistic English) genitalia; a penis or vagin

  1. 5 (context obsolete with the definite article English) women; womankind. v

  2. 1 (context zoology English) To determine the biological sex of an animal. 2 (context colloquial English) To have sex with.

  1. n. activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat" [syn: sexual activity, sexual practice, sex activity]

  2. either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided; "the war between the sexes"

  3. all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses; "he wanted a better sex life"; "the film contained no sex or violence" [syn: sexual urge]

  4. the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles; "she didn't want to know the sex of the foetus" [syn: gender, sexuality]

  1. v. stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male audience" [syn: arouse, excite, turn on, wind up]

  2. tell the sex (of young chickens)


Organisms of many species are specialized into male and female varieties, each known as a sex, with some falling in between being intersex. Sexual reproduction involves the combining and mixing of genetic traits: specialized cells known as gametes combine to form offspring that inherit traits from each parent. Gametes can be identical in form and function (known as isogamy), but in many cases an asymmetry has evolved such that two sex-specific types of gametes (heterogametes) exist (known as anisogamy).

Among humans and other mammals, males typically carry XY chromosomes, whereas females typically carry XX chromosomes, which are a part of the XY sex-determination system. Other animals have a sex-determination system as well, such as the ZW sex-determination system in birds, and the X0 sex-determination system in insects.

The gametes produced by an organism are determined by its sex: males produce male gametes (spermatozoa, or sperm, in animals; pollen in plants) while females produce female gametes ( ova, or egg cells); individual organisms which produce both male and female gametes are termed hermaphroditic. Frequently, physical differences are associated with the different sexes of an organism; these sexual dimorphisms can reflect the different reproductive pressures the sexes experience. For instance, mate choice and sexual selection can accelerate the evolution of physical differences between the sexes.

Sex (play)

Sex is a 1926 play written by and starring Mae West, who used the pen name Jane Mast.

Sex (boutique)

Sex was a boutique run by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at 430 King's Road, London between 1974 and 1976. It specialized in clothing that defined the look of the punk movement.

SEX (computing)

In computing, the SEX assembly language mnemonic has often been used for the "Sign EXtend" machine instruction found in the Motorola 6809. A computer's or CPU's "sex" can also mean the endianness of the computer architecture used. x86 computers do not have the same "byte sex", as HC11 computers, for example. Functions are sometimes needed for computers of different endianness to communicate with each other over the internet, as protocols often use big endian byte coding by default.

On the RCA 1802 series of microprocessors, the SEX, for "SEt X," instruction is used to designate which of the machine's sixteen 16-bit registers is to be the X (index) register.

Sex (book)

Sex is a coffee table book written by American singer Madonna, with photographs taken by Steven Meisel Studio and film frames shot by Fabien Baron. The book was edited by Glenn O'Brien and was released on October 21, 1992, by Warner Books, Maverick and Callaway Books. Approached with an idea for a book on erotic photographs, Madonna expanded on the idea and conceived the book and its content. Shot in early 1992 in New York City and Miami, the locations ranged from hotels and burlesque theaters, to the streets of Miami. The photographs were stolen before publishing, but were quickly recovered.

The book had a range of influences, from punk rock to earlier fashion iconoclasts such as Guy Bourdin and his surrealism, and Helmut Newton, in its stylized, sado-masochistic look. Sex has photographs that feature adult content and softcore pornographic as well as simulations of sexual acts, including sadomasochism and analingus. Madonna wrote the book as a character named "Mistress Dita", inspired by 1930s film actress Dita Parlo. It also includes cameos by actress Isabella Rossellini, rappers Big Daddy Kane and Vanilla Ice, model Naomi Campbell, gay porn star Joey Stefano, actor Udo Kier, socialite Tatiana von Fürstenberg, and nightclub owner Ingrid Casares.

The packaging for the book is made of aluminium, which was Madonna's idea, and is spiral bound and enclosed in a Mylar sheet. Due to the scandalous nature of the photographs and the media mayhem surrounding it from the initial preview of the book, Madonna did not have to promote Sex, except for a pre-release party and some television specials. Her publishers were extremely apprehensive about the release as well as its commercial potential. Sex was released alongside her fifth studio album Erotica, which was released a day earlier.

The book was an instant commercial success, managing to sell over 150,000 copies on its first day of release and topping the New York Times Best Seller list. It was received negatively by both critics and fans of the singer, who felt she had "gone too far." Through the years, however, critical reception towards Sex has become more positive, with academics deeming it a defining phase in Madonna's career. Sex is noted for its impact on society and culture as well as on Madonna herself, and is considered a bold, post-feminist work of art. The book has since become one of the most sought-after out-of-print books ever released and still remains the best and fastest-selling coffee table book of all time.

Sex (disambiguation)

Sex may refer to:

  • Sex, the biological distinction of an organism between male, female or intersex, defined by the gametes it produces (or the reproductive organs it have), in anisogamous species
    • Mating types, a distinction of gametes, whether in anisogamous or isogamous species
  • Sexing, the act of discerning the sex of an animal
  • Sexual reproduction, a process of combining and mixing genetic traits, associated with the generation of new individuals, by means of meiosis and fertilization
    • Recombination, the process of mixing genetic traits solely, occurring both in organisms with sexual or asexual reproduction
  • Animal sexual behaviour
    • Human sexual activity
    • Sexual intercourse, also called copulation or coitus
    • Non-penetrative sex, or sexual outercourse
  • Gender, the distinction between male and female or masculinity and femininity within an individual's gender identity
  • Human sexuality
Sex (TV series)

Sex, also known as Sex with Sophie Lee, is an Australian television series that ran from 1992 to 1993 on the Nine Network. It was hosted by Sophie Lee in its first season and Pamela Stephenson in its second. As the title of the show suggests, the program was about sex and its related aspects.

Sex (Oomph! song)

"Sex" is the second single from German industrial metal group Oomph! from their album, Sperm.

Sex (Tila Tequila EP)

Sex is the debut studio EP by American recording artist Tila Tequila. It was released on March 20, 2007 by the Washington-based label The Saturday Team. Released shortly after her debut single, " I Love U", the EP was allegedly not authorized for release by Tequila, which led The Saturday Team and distributor Icon Music Entertainment Services to sue her over breaching her contract related to the album. The Saturday Team won the legal case and made Sex available for digital download on September 22, 2008 via iTunes Store.

Sex (Elli Kokkinou album)

SEX is an album by popular Greek artist Elli Kokkinou that was released on November 11, 2005 by Heaven Music. Following its platinum status, it was re-released with four new songs and a bonus DVD renamed Ki Allo Platinum Edition. Campari and RedPassion were the main sponsors of the album.

Sex (film)

Sex is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Fred Niblo, written by C. Gardner Sullivan, produced by J. Parker Read, and starring Louise Glaum. On its surface, the film was a morality story on the evils of marital infidelity. However, the film's producer, J. Parker Read, had made a series of pictures on sex themes. The release of Sex, with its provocative title and explicit scenes of seduction and debauchery, made it the subject of controversy among censors and commentators.

Sex (The Necks album)

Sex is the debut album of improvised music trio, The Necks, originally released on the Spiral Scratch label and later rereleased on Fish of Milk and Private Music in the US. The album features a single track of just under an hour in length performed by Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck improvising over a two-bar motif. On this album the band overdubbed the instrumentation of piano, bass and drums in a dual take creating a "hypnotic repetitive piece".

The album is also an early example of the CD format being used to expand the length of recorded performances with one reviewer noting that "time limitations and format restrictions of cassettes, vinyl, and the obtuse eight-track would have meant that their work could only be experienced live". It was reissued on Fish of Milk; released on Private Music/BMG in the US).

Excerpts from Sex have been used as the theme music on Dan Bodah's Airborne Event show on the WFMU freeform radio station.

Sex (I'm A...)

"Sex (I'm A...)" is a song by the American band Berlin from their second album Pleasure Victim. The song was co-written by group members John Crawford, Terri Nunn and David Diamond and sung as a duet by Crawford and Nunn.

Released as the album's second single in February 1983, the single became a cult hit on American radio and brought the group into the mainstream. Despite the significant attention, the song's racy lyrics resulted in it being banned from several radio stations. Perhaps because of this, the single ultimately peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late March and early April 1983.The song was also the first single release from the band's new label, Geffen Records.

Sex (The 1975 EP)

Sex is the second extended play (EP) by English indie rock band The 1975, released on 19 November 2012 by Vagrant Records. It is the second of four EPs which were released before their first full-length album, The 1975. A music video for the single " Sex" was released onto YouTube on 5 October 2012.

Sex (The 1975 song)

"Sex" is a song by English indie rock band The 1975, originally included as the third track on their second extended play of the same name, Sex. It was released as a single on 19 November 2012. The song was released to modern rock radio in the United States as a single in promotion of the EP on 5 March 2013, peaking at number 35 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. It also peaked at number 23 on the UK Indie Chart.

"Sex" was re-recorded by the band in 2013 for their debut studio album The 1975, in which it was included as the fifth track on the album. On 8 July 2013, the album version of the song premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show as his "Hottest Record in the World". It was released as a digital single on 23 August 2013 and debuted at number 34 on the UK Singles Chart on 1 September.

Sex (Mötley Crüe song)

Sex is a song by American rock band Mötley Crüe. It was originally released as the first single from their intended tenth studio album, but was dropped when bassist Nikki Sixx announced that there will not be another studio album before the end of their last tour.

"I wanna finish our movie (adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s New York Times bestselling collaborative autobiography The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band) and put out a new album,” he revealed before adding they will also release a soundtrack to the movie and then embark on “a farewell tour”. “We’ll be back in Australia and, ah, that’ll be it,” he said. “I can honourably say, ‘We did it our way and we’re never coming back’."

Sixx accentuated that this split would see the band done for good, he has no interest in resurrecting its corpse down the track.

Sex (band)

Sex were a Quebecois hard rock band, formed in 1969 as a trio of Robert Trépanier (lead vocals and bass), Yves Rousseau (guitar and backing vocals) and Serge Gratton (drums). In 1971, the group were joined by Pierre "Pedro" Ouellette on flute. They would release two albums, Sex (1970) and The End of My Life (1971) before uneventfully disbanding the following year.

In 2002, the Australian label Progressive Line reissued both of Sex's albums on one CD. In 2015, The End of My Life was reissued on vinyl by the European label 111 Records.

Sex (Cheat Codes and Kris Kross Amsterdam song)

"Sex" is a song by American DJ trio Cheat Codes and Dutch DJ trio Kris Kross Amsterdam. The song was released by Spinnin' Records on February 19, 2016, and has since achieved international success.

Usage examples of "sex".

United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

United States shall not be denied or abridged because of race or sex or because the person is married.

The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Court was unable to concede that a Georgia statute levying on inhabitants of the State a poll tax payment of which is made a prerequisite for voting but exempting females who do not register for voting, in any way abridged the right of male citizens to vote on account of their sex.

Not one of them was deceived in the young officer, but, being already acquainted with the adventure, they were all delighted to dine with the hero of the comedy, and treated the handsome officer exactly as if he had truly been a man, but I am bound to confess that the male guests offered the Frenchwoman homages more worthy of her sex.

Man is a noble creation, and he has fine and sturdy qualities which command the admiration of the other sex, but how will it be when that sex, by reason of superior acquirements, is able to look down on him intellectually?

God, sex, money, acquiring a ranch and, above all, how to handle women were explained to him by the night riders.

But it is very rarely that a Marie Bashkirtsev or Margot Asquith lets down the veils which conceal the acroamatic doctrine of the other sex.

The vaccine you took, the poisons, the adjuvants, they would have kept away, pushed down, your need for sex.

During adolescence, humans experiment intensely with new intimate relationships, especially opposite sex relationships.

I have not the slightest pretence to virtue, but I adore the fair sex, and now you and they know the road to my purse.

That gland, the adrenal cortex, also produces sex hormones, and especially androgens.

Essentially the alchemical texts contained lessons in sex magic and chemistry at the same time.

Jones case was specifically about Clinton allegedly asking for oral sex, why did Jordan not ask Lewinsky about oral sex?

We still had no idea about the sex of the babies, but we did know from the amnio that they were identical.