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adjective gay pronunciation in British English /ɡeɪ/
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  1. 1
    sexually attracted to people of the same sex. This word is mainly used about men.
    Gay men and lesbians were represented in almost equal numbers.
    the gay community
    a gay bar/club/disco
  2. 2
    old-fashioned brightly-coloured or attractive
    The shops were gay with Christmas decorations.
  3. 3
    old-fashioned happy and excited
    She gave a gay laugh.
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noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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