Definition of masculine adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmæskjəlɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæskjəlɪn//
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  1. 1having the qualities or appearance considered to be typical of men; connected with or like men He was handsome and strong, and very masculine. That suit makes her look very masculine. compare feminine, male
  2. 2 (grammar) belonging to a class of words that refer to male people or animals and often have a special form ‘He’ and ‘him’ are masculine pronouns. See related entries: Grammar
  3. 3 (grammar) (in some languages) belonging to a class of nouns, pronouns or adjectives that have masculine gender, not feminine or neuter The French word for ‘sun’ is masculine. See related entries: Grammar
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in grammatical use): via Old French from Latin masculinus, from masculus ‘male’.Extra examples She has a very masculine face. That’s a typically masculine attitude! The ceremony is exclusively masculine. We assume that stereotypically masculine traits are more suited to the military. an environment which is heavily masculine the severely masculine cut of his suit women entering traditionally masculine domains such as construction
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