A heterosexual person is attracted to people of the opposite sex. Boys who like girls and women who like men are heterosexual.

Being heterosexual has long been considered "normal" in our society. When you think of a married couple or parents, it's usually been a man and woman — in other words, a heterosexual couple. However, being heterosexual is only one sexual orientation. Other people are gay, or homosexual. Our culture is slowly starting to accept that heterosexuality isn't the only acceptable sexual orientation. Another word for heterosexual is straight.

Definitions of heterosexual

n a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex

adj sexually attracted exclusively to members of the opposite sex

not homosexual
sexually attracted to members of your own sex
sexually attracted to both sexes
gay, homophile, queer
homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
of or concerning homosexual love
lesbian, sapphic
of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman
paederastic, pederastic
of homosexuality between a man and a boy
transgender, transgendered
involving a partial or full reversal of gender
overwhelmingly desirous of being, or completely identifying with, the opposite sex
transvestic, transvestite
receiving sexual gratification from wearing clothing of the opposite sex
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