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Meaning of human by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle French humain, from Latin hūmānus ( “of or belonging to a man, human, humane” ), from homo ( “man, human” ). Spelling human has been predominant since the early 18th century.[1]

    Displaced Old English guma ( whence Modern English groom ) .


    • IPA: /ˈçjuː.mən̩/, /ˈhjuː.mən̩/, X-SAMPA: /"Cju:.m@n/, /"hju:.m@n/
      • ( NY, some other US dialects ) IPA: /ˈjuː.mən̩/, X-SAMPA: /"ju:.m@n/
    • Rhymes: -uːmən
    • Hyphenation: hu‧man


    human ( comparative more human, superlative most human )

    1. ( no comparative or superlative ) Of or belonging to the species Homo sapiens or its closest relatives .
    2. ( comparable ) Having the nature or attributes of a human being.



    Rendition of the humans on the Pioneer 10 plaque

    human ( plural: humans )

    1. A human being, whether man, woman or child .


    External links

    • human on Wikipedia .
    • human in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • human in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


    • Nahum

    See also

    1. ^ Random House Dictionary, 2010

Explanation of human by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings

    2. human beings
      the human body
      human kindness
      human frailty
    3. characteristic of humanity

    4. human nature
    5. relating to a person

    6. the experiment was conducted on 6 monkeys and 2 human subjects
    1. any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

    Definition of human by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Human a. [L. humanus; akin to homo man: cf. F. humain. See Homage, and cf. Humane, Omber.] Belonging to man or mankind; having the qualities or attributes of a man; of or pertaining to man or to the race of man; as, “a human voice; human shape; human nature; human sacrifices.”

      To err is human; to forgive, divine. Pope.

    2. Human, n. A human being. [Colloq.]

      Sprung of humans that inhabit earth. Chapman.

      We humans often find ourselves in strange position. Prof. Wilson.