[ man-kahynd for 1; man-kahynd for 2 ]
/ ˈmænˈkaɪnd for 1; ˈmænˌkaɪnd for 2 /


the human race; human beings collectively without reference to sex; humankind.
men, as distinguished from women.

Origin of mankind

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at man1, kind2

Related forms

pre·man·kind, noun

Can be confused

humankind mankind womankind

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mankind

British Dictionary definitions for mankind


/ (ˌmænˈkaɪnd) /


human beings collectively; humanity
men collectively, as opposed to womankind


Nowadays many people object to the use of mankind to refer to all human beings and use the term humankind instead
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