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sex (n.)

14世纪末,"男性或女性的总称",来自拉丁文 sexus "性别,作为男性或女性的状态,性别",来源不明。"通常与 seco ,取其为种族的划分或'一半'"[塔克],这将与 secare "划分或切割"(见 section (n.))联系起来。

Secus seems the more original formation, but it is strange that the older texts only know sexus . The modern meaning of sectiō 'division' suggests that sec/xus might derive from secāre 'to sever', but the morphology remains unclear: does sexus go back to an s-present *sek-s- 'to cut up', or was it derived from a form *sek-s- of the putative s-stem underlying secus ?  [Michiel de Vaan, "Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages," Leiden, 2008]

意为"作为男性或女性的质量",最早记载于1520年代。意思是"性交"由1906年证实;意思是"生殖器"由1938年证实。 Sex appeal 是由1904年证实的。

For the raw sex appeal of the burlesque "shows" there is no defense, either. These "shows" should be under official supervision, at the least, and boys beneath the age of eighteen forbidden, perhaps, to attend their performance, just as we forbid the sale of liquors to minors. [Walter Prichard Eaton, "At the New Theatre and Others: The American Stage, Its Problems and Performances," Boston, 1910]

Sex drive 是由1918年。 sex object 由1901年。 sex symbol 由1871年在人类学中;该术语被应用的第一个人似乎是玛丽莲-梦露(1959年)。 Sex therapist 是由1974年。

Origin and meaning of sex

sex (v.)

1884年,"确定性别"出自 sex (n.);对 sex (something) up "增加性吸引力"的记载出自1942年。相关链接: Sexed ; sexing

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Definitions of sex from WordNet
1
sex (n.)
activities associated with sexual intercourse;
they had sex in the back seat
Synonyms: sexual activity / sexual practice / sex activity
sex (n.)
either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided;
sex (n.)
all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses;
he wanted a better sex life
the film contained no sex or violence
Synonyms: sexual urge
sex (n.)
the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles;
she didn't want to know the sex of the foetus
Synonyms: gender / sexuality
2
sex (v.)
stimulate sexually;
Synonyms: arouse / excite / turn on / wind up
sex (v.)
tell the sex (of young chickens);
From wordnet.princeton.edu