ma·​chis·​mo mä-ˈchēz-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce machismo (audio)
-ˈkēz- How to pronounce machismo (audio)
: a strong sense of masculine pride : an exaggerated masculinity
athletes displaying their machismo
: an exaggerated or exhilarating sense of power or strength
the administration's machismo in pushing for a new treaty

Example Sentences

a culture that prizes machismo and has rigid gender roles
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Word History


Spanish, from macho

First Known Use

circa 1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of machismo was circa 1948

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“Machismo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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