lesbian, n. and adj.
a. A native or inhabitant of the Greek island of Lesbos.
b. Ancient History. Wine from the Greek island of Lesbos; Lesbian wine. Now rare.
2. A woman who engages in sexual activity with other women; a woman who is sexually or romantically attracted (esp. wholly or largely) to other women; a homosexual woman.Now the usual sense of the noun.
a. Characterized by sexual activity between women, or sexual or romantic attraction between women; involving or relating to lesbians or lesbianism.
b. Of a woman: that is a lesbian; engaging in sexual activity with other women; sexually or romantically attracted (esp. wholly or largely) to other women.
Lesbian rule n. a flexible (lead) ruler which can be bent to fit what is being measured; (figurative) something, esp. a legal principle, which adapts to fit the circumstances.Cf. Aristotle's description in Nicomachean Ethics (1137b30) of such a rule: see quot. 1869 at sense B. 1. [After post-classical Latin Lesbia norma (1556 in the passage translated in quot. 1559), the more common Lesbia regula (a1536 in Erasmus), and their model ancient Greek Λεσβία οἰκοδομία.]
lesbian square n. rare after 17th cent. a measuring square which adapts to fit what is being measured (chiefly in figurative contexts); see Lesbian rule n.
lesbian feminism n. advocacy of lesbianism as a political choice designed to counter the traditional dominance of men over women; the movement associated with this.
lesbian marriage n. a (long-term) domestic partnership between two women; (in later use) esp. a formal or symbolic marriage bond or ceremony contracted between two women; marriage between two women.In quot. 1939 with reference to Frank Wedekind's 1911 play Franziska in which the eponymous heroine marries a woman while disguised as a man.
ˈlesbianism n. sexual or romantic attraction between women; sexual activity between women; (also) lesbian nature or identity.
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