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Meaning of masculine by Wiktionary Dictionary

masculine


    Etymology

    From Old French masculin, from Latin masculīnus, diminutive of masculus ( “male, manly” ), itself a diminutive of mās ( “male” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈmæskjʊlɪn/, /ˈmæskjəlɪn/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈmæskjuːlɪn/, /ˈmæskjəlɪn/
    • ( Australia ) IPA: /ˈmæskjələn/

    Adjective

    masculine ( comparative more masculine, superlative most masculine )

    1. pertaining to male humans, men:
      1. manly; having the qualities associated with men; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; not feminine or effeminate; virile ( only in this sense, does the adjective compare )
      2. male; having male biology, not female; of the male sex ( rare )
      3. belonging to men; appropriated to, or used by, men
        “John”, “Paul”, and “Harry” are masculine names .
    2. ( grammar ) in many inflected languages:
      1. ( of a noun ) being of the masculine class, or grammatical gender, and inflected in that manner
        The noun Student is masculine in German .
      2. ( of some other parts of speech ) being inflected in agreement with the masculine
        German uses the masculine of the definite article, der, with Student .

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Explanation of masculine by Wordnet Dictionary

masculine


    Adjective
    1. associated with men and not with women

    2. of grammatical gender

    3. ending on an accented beat or syllable

    4. a masculine cadence
      the masculine rhyme of `annoy, enjoy'
    Noun
    1. a gender that refers chiefly ( but not exclusively ) to males or to objects classified as male



    Definition of masculine by GCIDE Dictionary

    masculine


    1. masculine ( măskulĭn ), a. [L. masculinus, fr. masculus male, manly, dim. of mas a male: cf. F. masculin. See Male masculine.]
      1. Of the male sex; not female.

      Thy masculine children, that is to say, thy sons. Chaucer.

      2. Having the qualities of a man; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; virile; not feminine or effeminate; strong; robust.

      That lady, after her husband's death, held the reins with a masculine energy. Hallam.

      3. Belonging to males; appropriated to, or used by, males. [R.] “A masculine church.” Fuller.

      4. ( Gram. ) Having the inflections of, or construed with, words pertaining especially to male beings, as distinguished from feminine and neuter. See Gender. -- Masculinely, adv. -- Masculineness, n.