noun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of mankind

1 \ ˈman-​ˈkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) , -​ˌkīnd \ : the human race : the totality of human beings
2 \ ˈman-​ˌkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) \ : men especially as distinguished from women

Examples of mankind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where corn, one of the planet’s greatest gifts to mankind, was born! Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 His final years, in a cottage near the sea, were spent vacillating between optimism about mankind’s resilience and dread about its refusal to deal with the perils at hand. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Aside from pushing our exploration further, the first Moon landing also showed that mankind could reach the stars. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 20 July 2022 Those touchstones don’t distract from mankind’s ongoing ethical struggle. Armond White, National Review, 22 June 2022 Math tells me that combining these sports into one new international discipline — Sumo break dancing — would be the most diabolical test of athleticism in the history of mankind, but that’s a column idea for another day. Joseph Goodman |, al, 11 July 2022 In Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeline George’s hilarious of-the-moment comedy, Greek god Dionysus recognizes that the demise of mankind is bad for business. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 8 July 2022 In his battles against these forces, readers watch Sung – dubbed the weakest hunter of all mankind – transform into one of the strongest hunters in existence. Patrick Frater, Variety, 4 July 2022 The discoveries in the cave have been at the center of debates on the origin of mankind for over 70 years. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 3 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mankind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mankind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of mankind

1 \ ˈman-​ˈkīnd \ : human beings
2 \ -​ˌkīnd \ : men as distinguished from women


noun singular but singular or plural in construction
man·​kind | \ ˈman-ˈkīnd, -ˌkīnd How to pronounce mankind (audio) \

Medical Definition of mankind

: the human race : the totality of human beings

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