Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Gay or lesbian.
  • adjective Actively concerned with the rights of gay men or lesbians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective dated Homosexual, gay or lesbian, having a sexual or romantic preference for persons of one's own gender; used to emphasize love over sex.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the “homophile movement”, a gay activist movement that used this term in English.
  • noun dated A homosexual, a gay man or lesbian, one who has a sexual or romantic preference for persons of one's own gender; used to emphasize love over sex.

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

  • noun someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
  • adjective homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

Etymologies

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From homo- + -phile.

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