alpha male

  1. a male animal having the highest rank in a dominance hierarchy: Studies show that in spite of their high rank, access to females, etc., baboon alpha males experience a great deal of stress.

  2. the most dominant, powerful, or assertive man in a particular group: the alpha male of investment bankers.

Origin of alpha male

First recorded in 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for alpha male

alpha male

  1. the dominant male animal or person in a group

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