male

noun
\ ˈmāl How to pronounce male (audio) \

Definition of male

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a male person : a man or a boy
b : 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 : a plant having stamens but no pistils

Definition of male (Entry 2 of 3)

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 holly
b : characteristic of boys, men, or the male sex a deep male voice
c : made up of usually adult male individuals : consisting of males a male choir
d : designed for or typically used by boys or men a male cologne male contraceptives
e : 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. Schultz
f : having a quality (such as vigor or boldness) sometimes associated with the male sex
3 : designed with a projecting part for fitting into a corresponding female part a male hose coupling

Male

geographical name
Ma·​le | \ ˈmä-lē How to pronounce Male (audio) \

Definition of Male (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from male

Adjective

maleness \ ˈmāl-​nəs How to pronounce maleness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for male

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of male in a Sentence

Noun She attended a school where there were more males than females. The male of this species assists the female in feeding the young. Adjective There were more male than female students. Most extension cords have a male plug on one end and a female plug on the other.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second shooting took place on northbound Interstate 880 near Coliseum Way in Oakland at about 3 p.m., when an unknown suspect shot at a silver Dodge Durango driven by a 17-year-old male from Oakland, according to CHP. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "2 shootings in 2 hours on Bay Area freeways," 13 May 2020 Because it’s carried on the wind, rather than by insects, pistachio trees have to be planted in blocks, with a single male at the center of as many as 25 females. Marc Champion, Bloomberg.com, "The U.S.-Iran Pistachio War Is Heating Up," 10 May 2020 Bacon said a 17-year-old male who was also part of the group arrived at the parking lot and Delegge told him to sit down with the others. Helena Wegner, azcentral, "Police: 22-year-old shot and killed after intervening in Tempe hit-and-run," 9 May 2020 Lauren O'leary, 15, disappeared on April 7 and is thought to be in the company in a juvenile male, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for 15-year-old Spring girl missing for over a month," 8 May 2020 But Salazar’s pit viper seems to be set apart from the rest by an orange-reddish stripe found on the sides of the heads of males, according to Annie Lord at the Independent. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the New Species of Snake Named After Salazar Slytherin of the Harry Potter Franchise," 28 Apr. 2020 Some even brought historical accuracy into the mix, claiming that a woman wouldn't stay overnight with a male without a chaperone in 1917. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "‘When Calls the Heart’ Fans Urge Writers to Stop Elizabeth’s “Shameful” Storyline," 12 Apr. 2020 And a male’s belief about his gender doesn’t eliminate those advantages. Time, "U.S. Justice Department Argues Transgender Athletes Should Not Be Treated as Girls," 25 Mar. 2020 The Honda, being driven by a 17-year-old male, was hit by a 2019 Nissan Murano driven by Carl Walton, 85, of Indianapolis, police say. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Shelbyville High School senior soccer star Nolan Parker dies," 16 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mahomes will announce the male and female athletes of the year, which are the top awards of the night. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Rose Lavelle, Patrick Mahomes II headline star-studded Cincinnati.com Sports Awards show," 15 May 2020 Schumacher was honored for becoming the first American cross-country skier -- male or female -- to win an individual gold medal at the World Junior Championships. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s Gus Schumacher wins US skiing’s highest honor," 15 May 2020 Mahomes will announce the male and female athletes of the year, which are the top awards of the night. Elaine Sung, Detroit Free Press, "Free Press Sports Awards on-demand broadcast to include Patrick Mahomes as presenter," 14 May 2020 Mahomes will announce the signature awards, male and female athlete of the year. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Super Bowl QB Patrick Mahomes to present Courier Journal Sports Awards Athletes of the Year," 14 May 2020 Mahomes will announce the male and female athletes of the year, which are the top awards of the night. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is the featured presenter for the Journal Sentinel High School Sports Awards broadcast," 14 May 2020 He was recently chosen USA Basketball’s male athlete of the year. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Olympic aspirants reset to try again in 2021, if they can afford it," 24 Mar. 2020 Originally a memento of football days, the turtleneck began as a Letterman sweater back in the late 1800s, when male college athletes in elite schools like Dartmouth and Princeton wore it to represent their teams. Marlen Komar, TheWeek, "How the turtleneck became a symbol of power," 27 Feb. 2020 The three are arguing that competing against biologically male athletes has denied them the chance to win medals and achieve scholarship opportunities. Fox News, "Conn. high school girls file lawsuit arguing that allowing transgender athletes to compete is sex discrimination," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of male

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for male

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for male

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The first known use of male was in the 14th century

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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Male.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/male. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for male

male

noun
How to pronounce Male (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of male

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a man or a boy : a male person
: a male animal
: a plant that does not produce seed or fruit : a male plant

English Language Learners Definition of male (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈmāl How to pronounce male (audio) \

Kids Definition of male

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man or a boy
2 : a person or animal that produces germ cells (as sperm) that fertilize the eggs of a female
3 : a plant with stamens but no pistil

Kids Definition of male (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being the sex that fertilizes the eggs of a female
2 : bearing stamens but no pistil a male flower
3 : of or characteristic of men or boys a male singing voice

male

noun
\ ˈmā(ə)l How to pronounce male (audio) \

Medical Definition of male

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Medical Definition of male (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being the sex that produces gametes which fertilize the eggs of female
2 : designed for fitting into a corresponding hollow part

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