noun & adj. : women who are primarily attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other women. However, the term can also be used by non-binary individuals, especially those that are attracted to women or feel connected to womanhood
The word “lesbian” literally means resident of the island Lesbos and became synonymous with women who like women in reference to the island’s most famous resident, Sappho, a female poet who wrote many love poems to other women around 600 BCE.
The use of the term “lesbian” can be traced to sometime in the 1800s. Before that, the term “sapphic” was used to refer to women who liked other women.
The word gained popularity as part of a movement in the late 1960s to differentiate themselves from gay men.