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What Is a Gender-specific Noun? (with Examples)A gender-specific noun refers specifically to a male or a female.
In English, the gender of most nouns is neuter. However, if a noun refers to something obviously male or female, then its gender will be masculine or feminine (as determined by the meaning).
When a noun's meaning makes its gender masculine or feminine, it is said to be a gender-specific noun.
Read more about gender.
Examples of Gender-specific NounsHere are some examples of gender-specific nouns:
- actress / waitress / vixen / bitch / sow (gender specific - female)
- Dad / bull / uncle / drake / ram / boar / wether (a castrated male sheep or goat) (gender specific - male)
- soldier / cat / whale / mouse (not gender specific)