- a person bearing an X and Y chromosome pair in the cell nuclei and normally having a penis, scrotum, and testicles, and developing hair on the face at adolescence; a boy or man.
- an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces a sperm cell or male gamete.
- Botany. a staminate plant.
- of, relating to, or being a male animal or plant.
- pertaining to or characteristic of a male person; masculine: a male voice.
- composed of males: a male choir.
- designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure producing or containing microspores.
- (of seed plants) staminate.
- Machinery. made to fit into a corresponding open or recessed part: a male plug.Compare female(def 8).
Origin of male
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- a city in and the capital of the Maldives.
- a combining form meaning “evil,” occurring in loanwords from Latin: malediction.
Origin of male-
- a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of India, consisting of about 2000 islands: British protectorate 1887–1965. 115 sq. mi. (298 sq. km). Capital: Male.
Examples from the Web for male
The breakdown of the 114th Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
In Turkey, crime groups in border areas are exploiting the labor of Syrian male refugees who cannot find legitimate employment.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
Yawer says as a matter of policy, the female peshmerga unit is treated the same as the other male units.
Most female peshmerga fighters were tasked with staffing checkpoints and guarding bases alongside their male counterparts.
She simply lived by her wits, and perhaps by some want of that article in her male friends.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Fabri's wife and another woman were announced as good actresses of male parts.Handel
Edward J. Dent
The two figures in male attire broke into a laugh simultaneously.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
This afternoon a male biped is coming to this house, and he's not coming to see Eileen.Her Father's Daughter
There came a clattering of hoofs on the road and the sound of male voices.In the Valley
- of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a man; masculine
- for or composed of men or boysa male choir
- (of gametes) capable of fertilizing an egg cell in sexual reproduction
- (of reproductive organs, such as a testis or stamen) capable of producing male gametes
- (of flowers) bearing stamens but lacking a functional pistil
- electronics mechanical engineering having a projecting part or parts that fit into a female counterparta male plug
- a male person, animal, or plant
- Republic of Maldives a republic occupying an archipelago of 1087 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka: came under British protection in 1887; became independent in 1965 and a republic in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth. The economy and infrastructure were severely damaged in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Divehi. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: rufiyaa. Capital: Malé. Pop: 393 988 (2013 est). Area: 298 sq km (115 sq miles)Also known as: the Maldive Islands
- the capital of the Republic of Maldives, on Malé Island in the centre of the island group. Pop: 90 000 (2005 est)
Word Origin and History for male
late 14c., "male human being; male fish or land animal," from Old French masle (adj.) "masculine, male, adult," also used as a noun (12c., Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus "masculine, male, worthy of a man" (cf. Provençal mascle, Spanish macho, Italian maschio), diminutive of mas (genitive maris) "male person or animal, male."
late 14c., from Old French male, masle "male, masculine; a male" (see male (n.)). Mechanical sense of "part of an instrument that penetrates another part" is from 1660s.
probably from Sanskrit maladvipa "garland of islands," from mala "garland" + dvipa "island." Related: Maldivian.
- Of, relating to, or designating the sex that has organs to produce spermatozoa for fertilizing ova.
- A member of the sex that begets young by fertilizing ova.
- A man or boy.
- In organisms that reproduce sexually, being the gamete that is smaller and more motile than the other corresponding gamete of the same species (the female gamete). The sperm cells of higher animals and plants are male gametes.
- Possessing or being a structure that produces only male gametes. The testicles of humans are male reproductive organs. Male flowers possess only stamens and no carpels.
- A male organism.