Meaning of grammatical gender

grammat'ical gen'der

Pronunciation: [key]
— Gram. Gram.
  1. gender based on arbitrary assignment, without regard to the referent of a noun, as in French le livre (masculine), “the book,” and German das Mädchen (neuter), “the girl.” Cf.
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