masculine

adjective
mas·​cu·​line | \ˈmas-kyə-lən \

Definition of masculine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : male masculine members of the choir

b : having qualities appropriate to or usually associated with a man a masculine voice

2 : of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to males masculine nouns

3a : having or occurring in a stressed final syllable masculine rhyme

b : having the final chord occurring on a strong beat masculine cadence

masculine

noun

Definition of masculine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the masculine gender

2 : a noun, pronoun, adjective, or inflectional form or class of the masculine gender

3 : a male person

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Other Words from masculine

Adjective

masculinely adverb
masculinity \ˌmas-​kyə-​ˈli-​nə-​tē \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for masculine

Synonyms: Adjective

male, manlike, manly, mannish, man-size (or man-sized), virile

Antonyms: Adjective

unmanly, unmasculine

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Examples of masculine in a Sentence

Adjective

The living room is decorated in a more masculine style than the bedroom. “He” is a pronoun of the masculine gender. The masculine form of the Spanish adjective “linda” is “lindo.”

Noun

The masculine of the Spanish adjective “linda” is “lindo.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The fact that men are either these hyper masculine ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 2018 In its previous incarnation, leather seating and glass tables made the space feel masculine and urban. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "A chef and a designer feather their North Beach nest," 9 Apr. 2018 Sometimes these individuals may identify or express themselves as more masculine on some days, and more feminine on others. Michael Gold, New York Times, "The ABCs of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+," 21 June 2018 Emphasizing the eyes and mouth, then, by contrast, diverts attention away from these qualities that might suggest a female face looks masculine. Ashley Fetters, The Cut, "What Is the Point of Long Eyelashes?," 30 Apr. 2018 The guys actually give the masculine point of view to a lyric that simply represents a proud and powerful woman who can go on without a man. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: Best Music Picks of the Week by Wisin, Karol G & More," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, the men who mock Crews are participating in the theater of masculine performance to the detriment of their own—and other men’s—healing. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 What the present moment seems to signify is the emergence of a fresh, unrestricted image of African gender and masculinity that rejects the dominant masculine ideal of toughness, even in a hostile world. New York Times, "Cape Town’s New Masculinity," 14 Apr. 2018 The movie becomes an odyssey (complete with nods to Homer) of masculine obstacles, and there are quite of few of them in her path – in the form of a homesteader, a fur trapper an Indian. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Damsel': Robert Pattinson neo-western shoots itself in its hipster foot," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sometimes named, sometimes implied in these sequences, Mister Trumpet symbolizes a masculine-powered dehumanization machine, a harbinger of a level disorder yet to arrive. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "The right poetry collection for right now: Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'," 14 June 2018 Since people who regard themselves as masculine have spent centuries diagnosing other people’s identities, this turnabout might be considered fair play. Crispin Sartwell, WSJ, "Conversion Therapy Isn’t the Cure for ‘Toxic Masculinity’," 1 June 2018 Regarding the masculine, Jordan Sullivan, Esteban Schimpf, Brian Merriam, Justin Tyler Close, and Shawn Theodore all make incredibly compelling and unique photographic work. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This L.A. Photographer Captures the Female Form in Stunning and Intimate Ways," 5 Mar. 2018 Silicon Valley, is that like hyper-masculine, because the men here are not as ... Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Lauren Goode on her final Too Embarrassed to Ask," 4 Apr. 2018 The masculine is also used when referring to a mixed group of people, even if the group consists of one man and a hundred women. Madhvi Ramani, Smithsonian, "Will a New Law Forever Change the German Language?," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of masculine

Adjective

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for masculine

Adjective

Middle English masculin, from Latin masculinus, from masculus, noun, male, diminutive of mas male

Noun

see masculine entry 1

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

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masculine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of masculine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suited to men or boys

grammar in some languages : of or belonging to the class of words (called a gender) that ordinarily includes most of the words referring to males

masculine

noun

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

grammar in some languages : a word or form of the masculine gender

masculine

adjective
mas·​cu·​line | \ˈmas-kyə-lən \

Kids Definition of masculine

1 : of the male sex

2 : characteristic of or relating to men : male a masculine voice

masculine

adjective
mas·​cu·​line | \ˈmas-kyə-lən \

Medical Definition of masculine 

2 : having the qualities distinctive of or appropriate to a male

3 : having a mannish bearing or quality

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