in the word
(type, kind, also
) and is related tothe
(to produce), appearing in
. As a verb, it means
: Thou shalt not let thy cattle
with a diverse kind
in Indo-European languages refer either directly to what pertains to birth (for example
) or, by extension, to natural, innate qualities and their consequent social distinctions (for example
). The first edition of the
(OED1, Volume 4, 1900) notes the original meaning of
as 'kind' had already become obsolete.
. Also 4 gendre. [a. OF.
) = Sp.
, ad. L.
- stemform of
race, kind = Gr. γένος, Skr.
: OAryan *
-, f. root γεν- to produce; cf.
Kind, sort, class; also, genus as opposed to species.
The general gender
: the common sort (of people).
P. 434 Alle gendrez so ioyst wern ioyned wyth-inne.
1. 18 To knowe of hir signifiaunce The gendres.
Barth. De P. K.
. xxix. (1495) 34
Byshynynge and lyghte ben dyuers as speciesand gendre, for suery shinyng is lyght, but not ayenwarde.
. vii. 18 The great loue the generall gender beare him.
. iii. 326 Supplie it with one gender of Hearbes, or distract it with many.
and so on.
As masculinity or femininity
The use of
to refer to
as types is attested throughout the history of
(from about the 14th century).
: No mo
been there but masculine, and femynyne, all the remnaunte been no genders but of grace, in facultie of grammar
The Testament of Love
: Has thou oght written there of the femynyn
xxx 161 Act One.
: Here's a woman! The soul of Hercules has got into her. She has a spirit, is more masculine Than thefirst
: The Psyche, or soul, of Tiresias is of the masculine
: Of the fair sex ... my only consolation for being of that
has been the assurance it gave me of never being married to any one among them
Letters to Mrs Wortley
: I may add the
too of the person I am to govern
: Black divinities of the feminine
: It is exactly as if there were a sex in mountains, and their contours and curves and complexions werehere all of the feminine
: She was uncertain as to his
(March, p. 376.)
: As to one's success in the work one does, surely that is not a question of