Meaning of heterosexual


A heterosexual person is attracted to people of the opposite sex. Boys who like girls and women who like men are heterosexual.

Being heterosexual has long been considered “normal” in our society. When you think of a married couple or parents, it’s usually been a man and woman — in other words, a heterosexual couple. However, being heterosexual is only one sexual orientation. Other people are gay, or homosexual. Our culture is slowly starting to accept that heterosexuality isn’t the only acceptable sexual orientation. Another word for heterosexual is straight.

Definitions of heterosexual
  1. noun

    a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex

  2. adjective

    sexually attracted exclusively to members of the opposite sex



    not homosexual
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    sexually attracted to members of your own sex

    sexually attracted to both sexes
    gay, homophile, queer

    homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

    of or concerning homosexual love
    lesbian, sapphic

    of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman
    paederastic, pederastic

    of homosexuality between a man and a boy
    transgender, transgendered

    involving a partial or full reversal of gender

    overwhelmingly desirous of being, or completely identifying with, the opposite sex
    transvestic, transvestite

    receiving sexual gratification from wearing clothing of the opposite sex
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