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

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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.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Such masculine demography has helped promote a sometimes toxic atmosphere for women in academia—including faculty and students in the sciences—according to dozens of researchers from across Latin America who spoke with Science. Lindzi Wessel, Science | AAAS, "‘The spark has ignited.’ Latin American scientists intensify fight against sexual harassment," 20 Feb. 2020 The dark, bulky, masculine wood inside the house remains. cleveland, "Lorain County Historical Society serves Valentine Tea for women’s suffrage centennial," 17 Feb. 2020 Even by the standards of the time, though, when masculine icons from Batman to Clark Gable boasted clefts, Douglas was an extreme. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Kirk Douglas was the best thing to ever happen to chins," 6 Feb. 2020 Its visual impact comes from unexpected combinations: hard/soft; light/dark; masculine/feminine. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Did a 1991 Vogue Shoot Just Come to Life at the Super Bowl?," 3 Feb. 2020 Along with several other prominent feminists, Eastman leaned into the idea that war was a masculine atrocity and that women, as life-givers, had a particular duty to counteract its violence and stand up for peace. Joanna Scutts, The New Republic, "How Crystal Eastman Fought for Equality," 13 Jan. 2020 Elza van den Heever, as Marie, was similarly sidelined by the pervasive imagery of masculine aggression. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Operatic Shows of Force," 6 Jan. 2020 As co-host of the ABC show's New Orleans outpost, the award-winning, gender-bending star donned four opulent masculine looks translated by his stylist Sam Ratelle. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Billy Porter Rings in 2020 in 4 Celebratory Looks at 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' (Exclusive)," 1 Jan. 2020 Despite pulling off some culturally masculine scenes, including killing an opponent in a sword fight and leading an army to battle, Henry V, Chalamet’s character, was still familiarly gentle. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Film showed women that softboys are the emotionally intelligent men they wanted all along," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The patriarchy of our culture seems to think masculine is better. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Critics' Choice Awards: Billy Porter's butterfly tattoos honored 'transgender community'," 13 Jan. 2020 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,, "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


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

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Masculine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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



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

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


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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