Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Transmitted by sexual intercourse.
  • adj. Of or relating to a sexually transmitted disease.
  • adj. Of or relating to sexual intercourse.
  • adj. Of or relating to the genitals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. sexually transmitted.
  • adj. of or relating to sexual intercourse, lust, or the genitals.
  • adj. that which excites sexual desire; aphrodisiac.
  • adj. of or relating to copper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to venery, or sexual love; relating to sexual intercourse.
  • adj.
  • adj. Arising from sexual intercourse
  • adj. Adapted to the cure of venereal diseases.
  • adj. Adapted to excite venereal desire; aphrodisiac.
  • adj. Consisting of, or pertaining to, copper, formerly called by chemists Venus.
  • n. The venereal disease; syphilis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to venery, or sexual intercourse: as, venereal desire.
  • Arising from or connected with sexual intercourse: as, venereal disease; venereal virus or poison.
  • Adapted to the cure of venereal diseases: as, venereal medicines.
  • Fitted to excite venereal desire; aphrodisiac.
  • Of or pertaining to copper, which was formerly called by chemists Venus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the external sex organs

Etymologies

Middle English venerealle, from Latin venereus, from venus, vener-, desire, love; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originated 1400–50 from late Middle English venereal, from Latin venereus (of sexual love), from vener (sexual charm) + -eus (adjective suffix) + -al (pertaining to). (Wiktionary)

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