1. Category to which an individual is assigned by self or others, on the basis of sex.†
  2. Sexual identity, especially in relation to society or culture. ‡
  3. Sex; one’s personal, social, and legal status as ♂ or ♀, based on body and behavior, not on genital and/or erotic criteria.º

†Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

‡The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary © 2007

ºMcGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002

Gender Role: A set of social and behavioral norms that, within a specific culture, are widely considered to be socially appropriate for individuals of a specific sex. The perception of gender roles includes attitudes, actions, and personality traits associated with a particular gender within that culture.