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[mas-kyuh-lin] /ˈmæs kyə lɪn/
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.
noun, Grammar
the masculine gender.
a noun or other element in or marking that gender.
1300-50; Middle English masculin < Latin masculīnus, equivalent to mascul(us) male (mās male + -culus -cule1) + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
masculinely, adverb
masculinity, masculineness, noun
hypermasculine, adjective
hypermasculinely, adverb
hypermasculineness, noun
hypermasculinity, noun
nonmasculine, adjective
nonmasculinely, adverb
nonmasculineness, noun
nonmasculinity, noun
pseudomasculine, adjective
supermasculine, adjective
supermasculinity, noun
ultramasculine, adjective
unmasculine, adjective
unmasculinely, adverb
Can be confused
male, masculine, macho (see synonym study at male)
2. manly. See male. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for masculine
  • Still, it's odd to be on a campus so uniformly masculine.
  • It is a complementary match of masculine and feminine characters.
  • OK, so the founders' use of the masculine pronoun was rather archaic.
  • They come in various forms and prices, but in only one scent: masculine.
  • Mission statement: to push the boundaries of masculine glamour.
  • The masculine brain differs from the feminine brain in several ways.
  • Yet backstage the goings-on were still distinctly masculine.
  • The masculine melee would start about midnight and continue for hours.
  • So too, they found objects more similar to inherently masculine words if the object names were masculine.
  • My father, masculine in bearing and gesture, was not a talker.
British Dictionary definitions for masculine


possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a man; manly
  1. denoting a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some male animate referents
  2. (as noun): German ``Weg'' is a masculine
Derived Forms
masculinely, adverb
masculinity, (rare) masculineness, noun
Word Origin
C14: via French from Latin masculīnus, from masculus male, from mās a male
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Word Origin and History for masculine

mid-14c., "belonging to the male grammatical gender;" late 14c., "of men, male," from Old French masculin "of the male sex" (12c.), from Latin masculinus "male, of masculine gender," from masculus "male, masculine; worthy of a man," diminutive of mas (genitive maris) "male person, male," of unknown origin. Meaning "having the appropriate qualities of the male sex, manly, virile, powerful" is first attested 1620s. As a noun from mid-15c.

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masculine in Medicine

masculine mas·cu·line (mās'kyə-lĭn)

  1. Of or relating to men or boys; male.

  2. Suggestive or characteristic of a man.

mas'cu·line·ness n.
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