[ vuh-ril-i-tee ]
/ vəˈrɪl ɪ ti /


the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity.
the power of procreation.

Nearby words

  1. viridian,
  2. viridity,
  3. virile,
  4. virilescence,
  5. virilism,
  6. virilization,
  7. virilocal,
  8. virino,
  9. virion,
  10. virl

Origin of virility

1580–90; < Latin virīlitās, equivalent to virīli(s) virile + -tās -ty2

Related formsnon·vi·ril·i·ty, nounul·tra·vi·ril·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for virility



"period of manhood," 1580s; see virile + -ity. Meaning "manly strength" is recorded from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for virility


[ və-rĭlĭ-tē ]


The quality or state of being virile.
Masculine vigor; potency.

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