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