Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Neuter Gender

Definition: 

Neuter gender is a grammatical gender that

  • includes those nouns having referents which do not have distinctions of sex, and
  • often includes some which do have a natural sex distinction.
Examples: 

(German)

Here are some examples of words that have neuter gender [diacritical markings are not reproduced here]:

  • das Festmahl ‘the banquet’
  • das Madchen ‘the girl’
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