fair sex

fair sex
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair seks]
    • /fɛər sɛks/
    • /feə(r) seks/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair seks]
    • /fɛər sɛks/

Definitions of fair sex words

  • noun fair sex women as a group (usually used facetiously): an insult to the fair sex. 1
  • noun fair sex This is a dated term, usually used for humorous effect. It uses the word fair in the sense of “physically attractive”; because it refers to a woman in terms of her appearance, it is sometimes perceived as demeaning. 1
  • noun fair sex women, girls 1
  • singular noun fair sex If a man talks about the fair sex, he is referring to women in general. 0
  • noun fair sex women collectively 0
  • noun fair sex (Idiomatic) (dated, now sometimes offensive) Women collectively. 0

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Origin of fair sex

First appearance:

before 1680
One of the 48% oldest English words
First recorded in 1680-90

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Parts of speech for Fair sex


fair sex popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 56% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fair sex usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fair sex

noun fair sex

  • gentle sex — women in general (usually used facetiously): courtesy toward the gentle sex.
  • women — plural of woman.
  • womenfolk — women in general; all women.

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