[ mas-kyuh-lin ]
/ ˈmæs kyə lɪn /
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pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire.
having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to the gender of Latin, Greek, German, French, Spanish, Hebrew, etc., which has among its members most nouns referring to males, as well as other nouns, as Spanish dedo, “finger,” German Bleistift, “pencil.”
(of a woman) mannish.
the masculine gender.
a noun or other element in or marking that gender.
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Origin of masculine
synonym study for masculine
2. See male.
OTHER WORDS FROM masculine
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hy·per·mas·cu·line·ness, nounhy·per·mas·cu·lin·i·ty, nounnon·mas·cu·line, adjectivenon·mas·cu·line·ly, adverbnon·mas·cu·line·ness, nounnon·mas·cu·lin·i·ty, nounpseu·do·mas·cu·line, adjectivesu·per·mas·cu·line, adjectivesu·per·mas·cu·lin·i·ty, nounul·tra·mas·cu·line, adjectiveun·mas·cu·line, adjectiveun·mas·cu·line·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for masculine
/ (ˈmæskjʊlɪn) /
possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a man; manly
- denoting a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some male animate referents
- (as noun)German ``Weg'' is a masculine
Derived forms of masculinemasculinely, adverbmasculinity or rare masculineness, noun
Word Origin for masculine
C14: via French from Latin masculīnus, from masculus male, from mās a male
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Medical definitions for masculine
[ măs′kyə-lĭn ]
Of or relating to men or boys; male.
Suggestive or characteristic of a man.
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