masculine

[mas-kyuh-lin]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire.
2.
having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness.
3.
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.”
4.
(of a woman) mannish.
noun Grammar.
5.
the masculine gender.
6.
a noun or other element in or marking that gender.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English masculin < Latin masculīnus, equivalent to mascul(us) male (mās male + -culus -cule1) + -īnus -ine1

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

male, masculine, macho (see synonym study at male).


2. manly. See male.
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masculine (ˈmæskjʊlɪn)
 
adj
1.  possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a man; manly
2.  unwomanly
3.  grammar
 a.  denoting a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some male animate referents
 b.  (as noun): German ``Weg'' is a masculine
 
[C14: via French from Latin masculīnus, from masculus male, from mās a male]
 
'masculinely
 
adv
 
mascu'linity
 
n
 
'masculineness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

masculine
late 14c., "belonging to the male sex," from O.Fr. masculin "of the male sex," from L. masculinus "male, of masculine gender," from masculus, dim. of mas (gen. maris) "male person, male," of unknown origin. Grammatical sense first recorded c.1380. Meaning "having the appropriate qualities of the male
sex, manly, virile, powerful" is first attested 1629.
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masculine mas·cu·line (mās'kyə-lĭn)
n.

  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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Example sentences
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.
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