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Definition of the noun epicene

What does epicene mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: epicenes

  1. one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made

Alternative definition of the noun epicene


  1. A hermaphrodite person or other creature
  2. An effeminate person
  3. An epicene word, without separate grammatical gender forms.
  4. An epicene object

Definition of the adjective epicene

What does epicene mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. having an ambiguous sexual identity
  2. having unsuitable feminine qualities

Alternative definition of the adjective epicene


  1. lacking gender distinction, often specifically due to lack of either the masculine or the feminine
  2. effeminate [gloss, male with unusually strong female characteristics]
  3. [biology] androgynous, hermaphrodite [gloss, having both male and female characteristics]
  4. [biology] asexual [gloss, having neither male nor female characteristics]
  5. [linguistics] having only one form of the word, which serves as both masculine and feminine, even for either male or female referents


Epicene is a fictional character from the 1964 film A Jolly Bad Fellow.


"Epicene" is a composition.


Epicene is an adjective that indicates lack of gender distinction, often specifically loss of masculinity.

  • also known as Epicenism, Epicenity

Phrases with Epicene

  1. epicene person
  2. Epicene Pronoun

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Epicene

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Google previewThe Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama (2002)

by John Gassner, Edward Quinn

Epicene, or The Silent Woman (I609). A comedy by Ben Jonson. Frequently described as Jonson's gayest and liveliest comedy. Epicene recounts the trials of Morose. a gentleman inordinately sensitive to noise. Displeased with the behavior of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler

an epicene word is one that, though its epithets are always masculine or always ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

*right, appanage, prerogative, privilege, perquisite 2 patrimony, *heritage, inheritance bisexual adj Bisexual, hermaphroditic, hermaphrodite, androgynous, epicene are comparable when meaning combining male and female qualities.

Google previewA Dictionary of Costume and Fashion (2013)

Historic and Modern by Mary Brooks Picken

epicene (ep ih seen). 1. Common to both sexes. 2. Having characteristics of, or adapted to both sexes. 3. Sexless; neither one thing or the other; effemmate. epicene fashion. A fashion common ...

Google previewBetween Grammar and Lexicon (2000)

by Ellen Contini-Morava, Y. Tobin

It is proposed here that epicenes are always cases of animate gender in that every epicene is characterised by the sameness within otherness that is typical of animacy. At the level of tongue, the type of animacy (masculine or feminine) is not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Homosexuality (2016)

by Wayne R. Dynes

There is also a grammatical category called epicene , for a noun capable of designating either sex; from this technical usage derives the ...

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Epicene Meaning

Video shows what epicene means. Lacking gender distinction, often specifically due to lack of either the masculine or the feminine.. Effeminate .. Androgynous ...

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Scrabble value of E1P3I1C3E1N1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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