from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Belonging to or having the characteristics of both the male and the female: an epicene statue.
- adj. Effeminate; unmanly.
- adj. Sexless; neuter.
- adj. Linguistics Having only one form of the noun for both the male and the female.
- n. One that is epicene.
- n. Linguistics An epicene word.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. lacking gender distinction, often specifically due to lack of either the masculine or the feminine
- adj. effeminate (male with unusually strong female characteristics)
- adj. androgynous, hermaphrodite (having both male and female characteristics)
- adj. asexual (having neither male nor female characteristics)
- adj. having only one form of the word, which serves as both masculine and feminine, even for either male or female referents
- n. A hermaphrodite person or other creature
- n. An effeminate person
- n. An epicene word, without separate grammatical gender forms.
- n. An epicene object
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Common to both sexes; -- a term applied, in grammar, to such nouns as have but one form of gender, either the masculine or feminine, to indicate animals of both sexes; as boy^s, bos, for the ox and cow; sometimes applied to eunuchs and hermaphrodites.
- Fig.: Sexless; neither one thing nor the other.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to or including both sexes: especially, in grammar, applied to nouns having only one form of gender to indicate animals of both sexes: thus, the Greek
ο%35ϊςand Latin ovis, a sheep, are feminine words, whether applied to males or to females.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having an ambiguous sexual identity
- n. one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
- adj. having unsuitable feminine qualities
His face was as much feminine as masculine, of that kind called epicene, and Carmine doubted that the double-sexed look would vanish as he grew older.
The kind of looks called epicene, a beauty as much feminine as masculine, and such amazing coloring!
In a more recent movement, "hir" and "ze" (pronounced "here" and "zee") are sometimes used to describe transgender people - a contemporary challenge that confronts the idea of epicene English like never before.
But the merely decorative celebrity cameos — bluff, bearded Walt Whitman, with an "epicene" male friend, and Charles Darwin, who loudly and repeatedly breaks wind — make clear that "Heyday" is infotainment for readers Andersen must consider clueless.
The mad cuckoo behind the little door could not resist casting a shadow upon the virility of his enemy, just as the cuckoo astonishingly characterized those who demonstrated against the war in New York, October 1965, as "epicene" and "mincing" slobs, thus slyly assigning to sodom’s banner such unlikely recruits as I.F. Stone, Ossie Davis, and Father Philip Berrigan.
She argued that Camp, a style marked by extravagance, epicene in character, expressed a new sensibility that would "dethrone the serious."
Puss teams up with Humpty Dumpty a creepily epicene ovoid voiced with eerie plaintiveness by Zach Galifianakis to repay an old debt by stealing some magic beans from Jack and Jill.
The Transbad Saints, on the other hand, are a slick crowd of phoneys led by the posturing, epicene Helmet Al Weaver, who steal a No 1 hit from Keva and head for the States.
Today we venerate Caravaggio as the master of chiaroscuro effects of light and shade, of saints with dirty feet, of dramatic religious encounters, as the painter of figures of epicene sexuality.
Only her wastrel cousin Vincent Vere, she believes, possesses a poetic soul similar to her own, though the philistine world regards him as nothing but a sickly, rather epicene dandy and sponge.