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Webster 1913 Edition


masculine

mas′cu-line

(măs′kū̍-lĭn)
,
Adj.
[L.
masculinus
, fr.
masculus
male, manly, dim. of
mas
a male: cf. F.
masculin
. See
Male
masculine.]
1.
Of the male sex; not female.
Thy
masculine
children, that is to say, thy sons.
Chaucer.
2.
Having the qualities of a man; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; virile; not feminine or effeminate; strong; robust.
That lady, after her husband’s death, held the reins with a
masculine
energy.
Hallam.
3.
Belonging to males; appropriated to, or used by, males.
[R.]
“A masculine church.”
Fuller.
4.
(Gram.)
Having the inflections of, or construed with, words pertaining especially to male beings, as distinguished from
feminine
and
neuter
. See
Gender
.
Mas′cu-line-ly
,
adv.
Mas′cu-line-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Masculine

M`ASCULINE

,
Adj.
[L. masculinus, from masculus, mas.]
1.
Having the qualities of a man; strong; robust; as a masculine body.
2.
Resembling man; coarse; opposed to delicate or soft; as masculine features.
3.
Bold; brave; as a masculine spirit or courage.
4.
In grammar,the masculine gender of words is that which expresses a male, or something analogous to it; or it is the gender appropriated to males, though not always expressing the male sex.

Definition 2021


masculine

masculine

English

Alternative forms

  • (abbreviation, grammar): m.

Adjective

masculine (comparative more masculine, superlative most masculine)

  1. Of or pertaining to the male gender; manly.
  2. Of or pertaining to the male sex; biologically male, not female.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Geoffrey Chaucer
      Thy masculine children, that is to say, thy sons.
  3. Belonging to males; typically used by males.
    “John”, “Paul”, and “Jake” are masculine names.
  4. Having the qualities stereotypically associated with men: virile, aggressive, not effeminate.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Henry Hallam:
      That lady, after her husband's death, held the reins with a masculine energy.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Fuller:
      [] a masculine church.
  5. (grammar) Of, pertaining or belonging to the male grammatical gender, in languages that have gender distinctions.
    1. (of a noun) Being of the masculine class, or grammatical gender, and inflected in that manner.
      The noun Student is masculine in German.
    2. (of some other parts of speech) Being inflected in agreement with the masculine noun.
      German uses the masculine form of the definite article, der, with Student.

Synonyms

  • (of the male sex): male
  • (having qualities stereotypical of the male gender): manly, virile

Antonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

masculine (plural masculines)

  1. (grammar) The masculine gender.
    • 2009, Carlos Quiles, Fernando López-Menchero, A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, Second Edition:
      The masculine functions as the negative term in the opposition, i.e. when the gender is not defined, the masculine is used.
  2. (grammar) A word of the masculine gender.
    • 1905, George Theodore Dippold, A German grammar for high schools and colleges:
      As to the class to which the masculines of the strong declension belong, we repeat that []
  3. That which is masculine.
    • 2004, Leonora Leet, The Universal Kabbalah:
      These forces would also seem to reflect the gender distinction that can be made with respect to the divine, the feminine associated with the divine as immanent within the finite and the masculine with the divine transcendence and the infinite.
  4. (rare, possibly obsolete) A man.
    • 1868, The Ladies' repository: Volumes 39-40:
      I think women, at least those who do their own work, would live very simply in that respect, if there were none of the masculines to feed.

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French

Pronunciation

Adjective

masculine

  1. feminine singular of masculin

Latin

Adjective

masculīne

  1. vocative masculine singular of masculīnus

References


Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [mas.kuˈli.ne]

Adjective

masculine

  1. feminine plural nominative of masculin
  2. feminine plural accusative of masculin
  3. neuter plural nominative of masculin
  4. neuter plural accusative of masculin