masculine

adjective
mas·​cu·​line | \ ˈmas-kyə-lən How to pronounce masculine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce masculinity (audio) \ 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

As the masculine version of Alexandra, this name would pay tribute to the Queen in a similar way. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "All of the Royal Baby Names Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Might Choose," 22 Mar. 2019 Ian Griffiths, Max Mara's creative director, introduced the Fire Coat for the Fall 2012 collection with elements that were both feminine and masculine, a dramatic collar and flattering body that also carries a sharp shoulder and sleeve. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Nancy Pelosi's Red Fire Coat is Officially Available to Buy," 14 Mar. 2019 The line is sophisticated, but has a uncontrived spirit that plays on masculine, feminine, and historical references. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Miu Miu's Fall '19 Show Is Almost Here, and You Can Stream It Live," 5 Mar. 2019 The best outfits have a balance of feminine and masculine elements. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "5 Chic Outfits that Take the Stress Out of Valentine's Day Dressing," 30 Jan. 2019 The sequence is apt in a literary sense: the lives and deaths of children is a constant theme of the Scottish tragedy, as is Lady Macbeth's desire to become a man and, failing that, to play out her ostensibly masculine ambitions through her husband. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Aaron Posner and Teller’s Macbeth is no Tempest," 9 May 2018 The internet is a place where nonbinary people can learn about mixing masculine and feminine elements to the point of obscuring concrete identification as either. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world," 21 Nov. 2018 For me, its always about the mix of masculine and feminine—and now more than ever that dialogue is exciting. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Peter Som’s New Collaboration with the Inside Will Help Your Home Overflow with Style," 8 Nov. 2018 For me as a fat, masculine-of-center, black/biracial cisgender woman, all of these parts of my identity have been attacked in adulthood. S. D. Chrismon, The Root, "‘It Gets Better’: The Lie We Tell LGBTQ Youths," 15 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 and Noun

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

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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 How to pronounce masculine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce masculine (audio) \

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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