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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
male /meɪl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Developmental Biologya person bearing anXandYchromosome pair in the cells and normally having a penis, scrotum, and testicles and developing hair on the face at adolescence;
    a boy or man:Males outnumber females in my school.
  2. Developmental Biologyan organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces a sperm cell.

adj. [usually: before a noun]
  1. of, relating to, or being a male:a male choir.
  2. of or relating to a boy or man;
    masculine:the male ego.
  3. Mechanical Engineeringmade to fit into a corresponding open or recessed part:a male plug.
male•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
male  (māl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Developmental Biologya person bearing an X and Y chromosome pair in the cell nuclei and normally having a penis, scrotum, and testicles, and developing hair on the face at adolescence;
    a boy or man.
  2. Developmental Biologyan organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces a sperm cell or male gamete.
  3. Botanya staminate plant.

adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, or being a male animal or plant.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of a male person;
    masculine:a male voice.
  3. composed of males:a male choir.
  4. [Bot.]
    • Botanydesignating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure producing or containing microspores.
    • Botany(of seed plants) staminate.
  5. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]made to fit into a corresponding open or recessed part:a male plug.Cf.  female (def. 8).
maleness, n. 
  • Latin masculus. See masculine
  • Middle French ma(s)le
  • Middle English 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  man. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –7.
      Male, masculine, virile are adjectives that describe men and boys or attributes and conduct culturally ascribed to them.
      Male, which is applied to plants and animals as well as to human beings, is a biological or physiological descriptor, classifying individuals on the basis of their potential or actual ability to inseminate in bisexual reproduction. It contrasts with
      female in all such uses:his oldest male relative; the male parts of the flower.Masculine refers essentially to qualities, characteristics, or behaviors deemed by a culture or society to be especially appropriate to or ideally associated with men and boys. In American and Western European culture, these have traditionally included features such as strength, forthrightness, and courage:a firm, masculine handshake; a masculine impatience at indecision.Virile implies a vigor and muscularity associated with mature manhood and often carries a suggestion of sexual or procreative potency:his virile good looks; a swaggering, virile walk.See also  manly. 
    female.

Ma•le  (mälā, -lē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Place Namesa city in and the capital of the Maldives. 17,000.

male-, 
  • a combining form meaning "evil,'' occurring in loanwords from Latin:malediction.Cf.  mal-. 
    • Latin; see mal-

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    male /meɪl/ adj
    1. of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
    2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a man; masculine
    3. for or composed of men or boys: a male choir
    4. (of gametes) capable of fertilizing an egg cell in sexual reproduction
    5. (of reproductive organs, such as a testis or stamen) capable of producing male gametes
    6. (of flowers) bearing stamens but lacking a functional pistil
    7. having a projecting part or parts that fit into a female counterpart: a male plug
    n
    1. a male person, animal, or plant
    Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin masculus masculine

    ˈmaleness n
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    Malé /ˈmɑːleɪ/ n
    1. the capital of the Republic of Maldives, on Malé Island in the centre of the island group. Pop: 90 000 (2005 est)
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