\ˈmen, in compounds ˌmen or mən\
1 a (1)
: an individual human;
: an adult male human
: a man belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation)
—usually used in combination
- I now pronounce you man and wife.
: a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) that is anatomically related to the great apes but distinguished especially by notable development of the brain with a resultant capacity for articulate (see 1articulate 1a) speech and abstract reasoning, and is the sole living representative of the hominid family;
: any living or extinct hominid
: one possessing in high degree the qualities considered distinctive of manhood (such as courage, strength, and vigor)
: the quality or state of being manly : manliness
: fellow, chap
—used as mode of familiar address
—used interjectionally to express intensity of feeling
: the individual who can fulfill or who has been chosen to fulfill one's requirements
: a feudal tenant : vassal
: an adult male servant
: the working force as distinguished from the employer and usually the management
- The men have been on strike for several weeks.
: one of the distinctive objects moved by each player in various board games
: one of the players on a team
: an alumnus of or student at a college or university
: the compound idea of infinite Spirit : the spiritual image and likeness of God : the full representation of Mind
- when I heard the siren, I knew it was the Man
- —Amer. Speech
: the white establishment : white society
- surprise that any black … should take on so about The Man
- —Peter Goldman
: one extremely fond of or devoted to something specified
- strictly a vanilla ice cream man
as one man
: with the agreement and consent of all : unanimously
- The council voted as one man.
one's own man
: free from interference or control
- He left home and moved to the city to become his own man.
to a man
: without exception
- His friends, to a man, supported him.