(in many languages) a set of
classes that together include all
, membership in a particular class being shown by the form of the
itself or by the form or choice of words that modify,replace, or otherwise
refer to the noun, as, in English, the choice of he to replace the man,
of she to replace the woman, of it to replace the table, of it or she
to replace the ship. The number of genders in different languages varies
from 2 to more than 20; often the classificationcorrelates in part with sex
or animateness. The most familiar sets of genders are of three classes (as
masculine, feminine, and neuter in Latin and German) or of two (as common
and neuter in Dutch, or masculine and feminine in French and Spanish).
one class of such a set.
such classes or sets collectively or in general.
membership of a word or
grammatical form, or an inflectional form showing membership, insuch a
sex: the feminine gender.
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