A person sexually attracted to persons of the same sex. Homosexuals include males (gays) and females (lesbians). The term "homosexual" can also be an adjective.
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1. Relating to or characteristic of homosexuality. 2. One whose interests and behavior are characteristic of homosexuality. See gay, lesbian.

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ho·mo·sex·u·al .hō-mə-'seksh-(ə-)wəl, -'sek-shəl adj
1) of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward individuals of one's own sex compare HETEROSEXUAL (1a)
2) of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between individuals of the same sex compare HETEROSEXUAL (1b)
ho·mo·sex·u·al·ly adv
homosexual n a homosexual individual and esp. a male

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ho·mo·sex·u·al (ho″mo-sekґshoo-əl) 1. pertaining to the same sex; directed toward a person of the same sex; the opposite of heterosexual. 2. one who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex.

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