Merriam-Webster dictionary adds nonbinary pronoun ‘they’
WASHINGTON — Merriam-Webster added a new definition of the word “they” to its dictionary, declaring the pronoun may be used to refer to a “single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.”
Merriam-Webster’s announcement, made on Twitter on Tuesday, marked an official stamp of approval on a term that has become increasingly common as nonbinary identities become more visible than ever.
State and city governments have begun offering a gender option of “X” on identification cards. Airlines, school districts and colleges nationwide are also allowing alternative gender markers.
The new definition of “they” was among 530 new words added to the dictionary, MerriamWebster said Tuesday, and also included “deep state,” “dad joke” and “free solo.”