mas·​cu·​line | \ ˈma-skyə-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



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

Other Words from masculine


masculinely adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for masculine

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The scent is masculine and woody, tempered by fresh notes of aloe and citrus. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 The pantsuit was so chic and had a mix of masculine and feminine energy. Kaitlyn Frey,, 27 Mar. 2022 After years in the spotlight, Ortiz now feels secure in flowing between what are perceived as traditionally masculine and feminine aesthetics. Mercedes Viera,, 17 Mar. 2022 Rasmussen, who identified as a woman but usually used masculine pronouns, was a natural politician, in the best sense of the word. oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2021 Or Jibo, another robot, introduced back in 2017, that also used masculine pronouns and was marketed as a social robot for the home, though it has since been given a second life as a device focused on health care and education. Salomé Gómez-upegui, Wired, 21 Nov. 2021 The Alliance is also representing a French teacher in West Point, Va., who refused to refer to a transgender student with masculine pronouns. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 Blu Atlas has produced an all-natural cologne that can more than hold its own in the men’s grooming market and is the clean, masculine, modern fragrance many of us have been waiting for. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 Every twist sinks the plots into deeper levels of their masculine anxieties. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fragrances are, at their core, genderless, though spicy, smokey or foresty scents are thought to skew masculine while feminine scents are represented by sweets, and aldehydic and powdery florals. Jamila Stewart, Essence, 13 May 2022 With its sturdy pine construction and solid base, this dresser has a masculine feel that can anchor any room. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 9 May 2022 The packaging for Anthony’s high-performance eye cream could not look slicker or more masculine. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 Apart from the late icon Jenni Rivera, these genres have been traditionally male-led and hyper-masculine. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2022 Marketing that is targeted to those to that want to appear more intimidating, more powerful and more masculine through the use of their AR-15. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 And what about the masculine in these stories of magical girlhood? Nanjala Nyabola, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 Made with all-natural ingredients, this complex scent is ideal for the man who is looking for a masculine, aromatic, and earthy scent with a hint of refreshing zest. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 This reserve belongs to his quaint early style of hip-hop that sometimes acknowledged masculine, patriarchal discretion. Armond White, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of masculine


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


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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Time Traveler for masculine

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

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Dictionary Entries Near masculine



masculine cadence

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17 May 2022

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“Masculine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for masculine


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


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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