“The nonbinary pronoun 'they' has been added to the dictionary,” Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday.
The dictionary touted the news in a post on Twitter linking to its definitions of the word “they,” which now include:
“—used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary (see nonbinary sense c)”
The dictionary’s gender-usage definition of “nonbinary” is:
“c : relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female”
Merriam-Webster provides the following example of “they” used to refer to a singular (nonbinary) person:
“I knew certain things about … the person I was interviewing.… They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously identify as nonbinary — that is, neither male nor female. They were in their late 20s, working as an event planner, applying to graduate school.”
“What great news!” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declared in a Twitter post giving a “Shout out to all our non-binary fam in the world, and the activists who’ve worked hard to let us celebrate the full spectrum of humanity.”