• (RP) IPA: /ˈmæskjʊlɪn/, /ˈmæskjələn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmæskjulɪn/, /ˈmæskjələn/
  • (Australia) IPA: /ˈmæskjələn/


  1. Of or pertaining to the male gender; manly.
  2. Of or pertaining to the male sex; biologically male, not female.
    Synonyms: male
    Antonyms: female, womanly
  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.
    • :
      That lady, after her husband's death, held the reins with a masculine energy.
    • :
      […] a masculine church.
    Synonyms: manly, virile
    Antonyms: effeminate, emasculated, epicene, unmanly
  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.
    Coordinate terms: feminine#English|feminine, neuter#English|neuter
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masculine (plural masculines)

  1. (grammar) The masculine gender.
  2. (grammar) A word of the masculine gender.
  3. That which is masculine.
  4. (rare, possibly obsolete) A man.
  • French: masculin
  • German: Maskulinum; (gender) maskulines Genus, männliches Geschlecht
  • Portuguese: masculino
  • Russian: мужско́й род

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