vi·​ril·​i·​ty və-ˈri-lə-tē How to pronounce virility (audio)
 British also  vī-
: the quality or state of being virile:
: manly vigor : masculinity

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Examples of virility in a Sentence

many cultures value virility as a sign of power
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Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of virility was in 1586

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“Virility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


vi·​ril·​i·​ty və-ˈril-ət-ē How to pronounce virility (audio)
: the quality or state of being virile

Medical Definition


və-ˈril-ət-ē, British also vī-
plural virilities
: the quality or state of being virile: as
: the period of developed manhood
: the capacity to function as a male in copulation

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