Borrowed from German Homosexual, from homo- (“same”) + sexual (“relating to sex (gender) or sexuality”), coined by Karl-Maria Kertbeny in 1869, and popularized in Richard von Krafft-Ebing's 1886 Psychopathia Sexualis (in German) and Charles Gilbert Chaddock's 1892 English translation thereof (compare bisexual), displacing the slightly older term Uranian. Equivalent to homo- + -sexual.
homosexual (comparative more homosexual, superlative most homosexual)
- (of a person or animal) Possessing sexual and/or emotional attraction towards members of the same sex. Examples being a male androphile or a female gynephile. (Sometimes used in the sense of sole/exclusive attraction.)
- (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Between two people of the same gender-area; gay.
- Intended for or used by homosexuals, as a nightclub, a bar, etc.
homosexual (plural homosexuals)
- A person who is attracted solely or primarily to others of the same sex.