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male

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noun \ˈmāl\

Definition of male

  1. 1a :  a male person :  a man or a boyb :  an individual of the sex that is typically capable of producing small, usually motile gametes (such as sperm or spermatozoa) which fertilize the eggs of a female

  2. 2 :  a plant having stamens but no pistils

Examples of male in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of male from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of male

Middle English, from Anglo-French masle, male, adjective & noun, from Latin masculus — more at masculine


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male

adjective

Definition of male

  1. 1a (1) :  of, relating to, or being the sex that typically has the capacity to produce relatively small, usually motile gametes which fertilize the eggs of a female (2) :  having or producing only stamens or staminate flowers a male hollyb :  characteristic of boys, men, or the male sex a deep male voicec :  made up of usually adult male individuals :  consisting of males a male choird :  designed for or typically used by boys or men a male cologne male contraceptivese :  engaged in or exercised by boys or men A social code that taught women deference to male power in return for protection was upended … — Jane E. Schultzf :  having a quality (such as vigor or boldness) sometimes associated with the male sex

  2. 2 :  masculine 3a

  3. 3 :  designed with a projecting part for fitting into a corresponding female part a male hose coupling

maleness

play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of male in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of male from the Web

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First Known Use of male

14th century


Male

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geographical name Ma·le \ˈmä-lē\

Definition of Male

  1. atoll in the Indian Ocean that is the chief island of the Maldives and contains the nation's capital population 103,693



MALE Defined for English Language Learners

male

play
noun

Definition of male for English Language Learners

  • : a man or a boy : a male person

  • : a male animal

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

male

adjective

Definition of male for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MALE Defined for Kids

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male

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noun \ˈmāl\

Definition of male for Students

  1. 1 :  a man or a boy

  2. 2 :  a person or animal that produces germ cells (as sperm) that fertilize the eggs of a female

  3. 3 :  a plant with stamens but no pistil


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male

play
adjective

Definition of male for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being the sex that fertilizes the eggs of a female

  2. 2 :  bearing stamens but no pistil a male flower

  3. 3 :  of or characteristic of men or boys a male singing voice


Medical Dictionary

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male

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noun \ˈmā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of male

  1. :  an individual that produces small usually motile gametes (as sperm or spermatozoa) which fertilize the eggs of a female


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male

adjective

Medical Definition of male

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or being the sex that produces gametes which fertilize the eggs of female

  2. 2:  designed for fitting into a corresponding hollow part



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