machismo

noun ma·chis·mo \ mä-ˈchēz-(ˌ)mō , mə- , -ˈkēz- , -ˈkiz- , -ˈchiz- \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of machismo

1 : a strong sense of masculine pride : an exaggerated masculinity
  • athletes displaying their machismo
2 : an exaggerated or exhilarating sense of power or strength
  • the administration's machismo in pushing for a new treaty

Examples of machismo in a Sentence

  1. a culture that prizes machismo and has rigid gender roles

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Origin and Etymology of machismo

Spanish, from macho

MACHISMO Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of machismo for English Language Learners

  • : an attitude, quality, or way of behaving that agrees with traditional ideas about men being very strong and aggressive



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