GENDER is the distinction of sex. Nouns have three genders, the
masculine, the feminine, and the neuter.
The masculine gender denotes males; as, a man, a boy.
The feminine gender denotes females; as, a woman, a girl.
The neuter gender denotes things without sex; as, a hat, a stick.
Neuter means neither: therefore neuter gender signifies neither
gender; that is, neither masculine nor feminine. Hence, neuter gender
means no gender. Strictly speaking, then, as there are but two sexes,
nouns have but two genders; but for the sake of practical convenience,
we apply to them three genders, by calling that a gender which is no
gender. The English and the pure Persian, appear to be the only
languages which observe, in the distinction of sex, the natural division
of nouns.—The genders of nouns are so easily known, that a farther
explanation of them is unnecessary, except what is given in the