noun \ˈmāl\

: a man or a boy : a male person

: a male animal

: a plant that does not produce seed or fruit : a male plant

Full Definition of MALE

a :  a male person :  a man or a boy
b :  an individual that produces small usually motile gametes (as spermatozoa or spermatozoids) which fertilize the eggs of a female
:  a staminate plant

Examples of MALE

  1. She attended a school where there were more males than females.
  2. The male of this species assists the female in feeding the young.

Origin of MALE

Middle English, from Anglo-French masle, male, adjective & noun, from Latin masculus — more at masculine
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to MALE

bastard, bloke [chiefly British], buck, cat, chap [chiefly British], chappie [British], dude, fella, fellow, galoot [slang], gent, gentleman, guy, hombre, jack, joe, joker, lad, man

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate



: of or relating to the sex that cannot produce young or lay eggs

: characteristic of boys or men

: having members who are all boys or men

Full Definition of MALE

a (1) :  of, relating to, or being the sex that produces gametes which fertilize the eggs of a female (2) :  staminate; especially :  having only staminate flowers and not producing fruit or seeds <a male holly>
b (1) :  of, relating to, or characteristic of the male sex <a deep male voice>
(2) :  made up of usually adult male individuals <a male choir>
:  masculine 3a
:  designed with a projecting part for fitting into a corresponding female part <male hose coupling>
male·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of MALE

  1. There were more male than female students.
  2. Most extension cords have a male plug on one end and a female plug on the other.

First Known Use of MALE

14th century

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate


geographical name \ˈmä-lē\

Definition of MALE

island (atoll), chief of the Maldives pop 103,693; contains the nation's


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