produced, formed, or made by humans.
produced artificially; not resulting from natural processes.
  1. (of a fiber) manufactured synthetically from a cellulosic or noncellulosic base; produced chemically.
  2. (of a fabric or garment) constructed of synthetically made fibers.

Origin of man-made

First recorded in 1710–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for man-made

Contemporary Examples of man-made

Historical Examples of man-made

  • It had a natural filth that clings to a cheap room, and a man-made, careless filth that would disfigure a Taj Mahal.

    The Circuit Riders

    R. C. FitzPatrick

  • In the first place, I am an Anarchist: I do not believe in man-made law, designed to enslave and oppress humanity.

  • We have, so far, lived and suffered and died in a man-made world.

  • Am I correct, Mr. Welland, in supposing that if doctrines of right and wrong are man-made, learning begins now?

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

  • The man-made machine has now outlived the vituperation of idealists.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

British Dictionary definitions for man-made



made or produced by man; artificial
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