lesbian NOUN a homosexual woman.
ADJECTIVE referring to lesbians or lesbianism.
DERIVATIVES lesbianism noun.
ORIGIN from Lesbos, Greek island and home of Sappho (early 7th century BC), who expressed affection for women in her poetry.

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  • Lesbianism — Les bi*an*ism, n. (Med.) Homosexual relations between women. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lesbianism — 1870, from LESBIAN (Cf. lesbian) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lesbianism — /lez bee euh niz euhm/, n. homosexual relations between women. [1865 70; LESBIAN + ISM] * * * also called sapphism or female homosexuality, the quality or state of intense emotional and usually erotic attraction of a woman to another woman. First …   Universalium

  • lesbianism — [[t]le̱zbiənɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Lesbianism refers to homosexual relationships between women or the preference that a woman shows for sexual relationships with women. ...today s increased public awareness of lesbianism …   English dictionary

  • Lesbianism — Female homosexuality. Also called sapphism (after the lesbian poet Sappho). * * * Homosexuality between women. SYN: sapphism. [G. lesbios, relating to the island of Lesbos] * * * les·bi·an·ism lez bē ə .niz əm n female homosexuality * * * n.… …   Medical dictionary

  • lesbianism — noun Date: 1870 female homosexuality …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lesbianism — noun female homosexuality Syn: homosexuality …   Wiktionary

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  • lesbianism — les·bi·an·ism || lezbɪənɪzm n. female homosexuality (sexual attraction to members of the same sex) …   English contemporary dictionary