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Definition of male adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(abbreviation m.) belonging to the sex that does not give birth to babies; connected with this sex a male cat All the attackers were male, aged between 25 and 30. a male nurse/model/colleague male attitudes to women male bonding (= the act of forming close friendships between men) compare masculine see also alpha male
  2. 2(biology) (of most plants) producing pollen a male flower
  3. 3(technology) (of electrical plugs, parts of tools, etc.) having a part that sticks out which is designed to fit into a hole, outlet, etc. compare female
    noun [uncountable] the chromosome that determines maleness
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: male