common gender (plural common genders)
- (linguistics) A grammatical gender in some languages, formed by the historical merging of masculine and feminine genders.
- 2011, Theo van den Hout, The Elements of Hittite, page 16:
- There are two genders: common gender (genus commune, abbreviated: com.) and neuter (genus neutrum, abbreviated: neut.). The common gender combines the masculine and feminine of other Indo-European languages into one.
- (grammar) In some languages (e.g. Latin, Lithuanian), a gender applied to a noun that can be either masculine or feminine.
a grammatical gender
gender applied to a noun that is either masculine or feminine in grammatically gendered languages