The term lesbian is derived from the name of the Greek island of Lesbos, homo of the 6th-century BCE poet, Sappho, who had professed her love for various women in her works. The term then began to be used as "from the island of the Lesbos" due to Algernon Charles Swinburne in 1866. Lesbianism then was used to describe passion between women in 1870.
The term sapphic is sometimes used in place of lesbian to refer to a homosexual homoromantic female. It is also used by nonbinary people as a less exclusive term than lesbian, indicating a person whose gender identity tends towards femininity and who are (exclusively or not) attracted to other such people.