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 The collection is filled with feminine and masculine looks that are uncompromising. Allyson Portee, Forbes, "Valentino’s Act Collection, Autumn-Winter 2021 Is A Nod To Sustain Culture," 1 Mar. 2021 Its scent is undoubtedly masculine without falling back on aftershave clichés. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, "Robb Recommends: Hermès’s New Men’s Fragrance Will Make You Feel Dressed Up When You’re Wearing Jeans," 24 Feb. 2021 There is not much about the designer’s gestures to suggest anything resembling masculine aggression. New York Times, "Men’s Wear Has an Emo Moment," 25 Jan. 2021 The documentaries become exercises not just in self-promotion but also in masculine self-mythology. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Emotional Miseducation of Tiger Woods," 15 Jan. 2021 But hearing them over the deafening cacophony of masculine voices? Washington Post, "The sound of a shifting power structure," 13 Jan. 2021 Roberts said a hyper-masculine vibe permeated Alpine skiing and put pressure on him to conform, especially when competing in Europe, where Alpine skiers are big celebrities. New York Times, "Ski Champion Comes Out as Gay: ‘I’m Ready to Be Happy’," 13 Dec. 2020 By the end of the story, however, Krauss relinquishes her effort to understand masculine violence as the result of circumstances or culture. Timothy Aubry, The New Republic, "Nicole Krauss’s Difficult Men," 17 Dec. 2020 Coach’s signature scent is masculine without being overpowering, with fresh, earthy notes. Jennifer Manfrin,, "With less than two weeks remaining, here are the best deals on gifts that will arrive in time," 13 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The house’s creative director, Claire Choisne, explored the duality of gender expressed in the Roaring Twenties when women asserted their femininity by wearing masculine clothing, plunging necklines and short hair. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "Boucheron Is Making High Jewelry for All Genders," 25 Jan. 2021 The more masculine of the figures carries the title Portrait of a Young Boy with a Faltered Smile. Lauren Smart, Dallas News, "Jeremiah Onifadé's paintings reflect the Black experience — and our shared humanity," 26 Jan. 2021 This voice of authority — the second-highest-ranking executive in the land — will not be a masculine baritone. Washington Post, "The sound of a shifting power structure," 13 Jan. 2021 Power is often associated with our culture’s stereotype of the masculine ideal. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With Killer Mums?," 25 Nov. 2020 But in fashion, which has a binary structure, it can broadly be understood as a movement away from (masculine) tailoring and toward (feminine) flou; clothing as exoskeleton versus (in some, but not all cases) as second skin. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Sweatpants Forever? Maybe Not, But Comfort Is Here to Stay," 11 Dec. 2020 At the time, it was seen as the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Modern Day Fellas, What’s Stopping You From Going Full Mushroom Haircut?," 30 Nov. 2020 Fluidity offers an alternate way of being, crossing and merging masculine and feminine. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gender-Fluid Fashion Finally Enters the Mainstream," 16 Nov. 2020 Babbel will explain things like informal and formal greetings, and masculine vs feminine endings on verbs and nouns. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Babbel makes learning a new language fun and easy," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Masculine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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