There are 2 main definitions of male in English:

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Pronunciation: /meɪl/


1Of or denoting the sex that produces gametes, especially spermatozoa, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated to produce offspring: male children
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  • The chromosome from the father determines whether the offspring becomes male or female.
  • Thus, the benefits to offspring of male incubation may be reduced in various species.
  • Some females even adjust the ratio of male to female offspring depending on the circumstances.
masculine, to do with men, he-;
1.1Relating to or characteristic of men or male animals: a deep male voice
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  • We women in business are measured by how many male characteristics we have.
  • The slow release of testosterone ensures that sex drive and male characteristics, such as body hair, are maintained.
  • We know also that in animals the male hormone, testosterone, is related to dominance and aggression.
1.2(Of a plant or flower) bearing stamens but lacking functional pistils.
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  • The pollen grain is the male gametophytic phase of flowering plants.
  • The path of pollen tubes has not been investigated, as male flowers were not available.
  • Live oaks produce male flowers called catkins that bloom in hanging clusters.
1.3(Of a fitting or part of machinery) manufactured to fit inside a corresponding female part: the valve has standard half-inch threaded male ends
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  • The fitting also includes a male end portion configured to engage female threads on the hub of the receptacle.
  • Cut another small piece of pipe and attach male adapters on both ends.
  • This audio cable with male connectors on each end is used with ISDN primary rate interfaces.


A male person, plant, or animal: the audience consisted of adult males
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  • Common chimpanzees are very social animals, with males forming the closest bonds.
  • Adult natal males were never observed to achieve intromission, so all complete copulations involved immigrants.
  • Interactions among newborns, mothers, and adult males are rarely observed but are needed to distinguish between these hypotheses.



Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪlnəs/
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  • The distinction feminists have made between maleness and masculinity provides a clue and an analogy.
  • They believe that maleness is a kind of original sin.
  • I wanted to welcome men back to their wonderful maleness.


Late Middle English: from Old French masle, from Latin masculus, from mas 'a male'.

  • female from Middle English:

    The spelling of female changed in the Middle Ages to match male, which is a quite different word. Female came via Old French femelle from Latin femella, which was a diminutive form of femina ‘woman’ source also of feminine (Late Middle English), whereas male (Late Middle English) is based on Latin masculus, from mas ‘a male person’. See also chauvinism, macho. The saying the female of the species is more deadly than the male comes originally from the 1911 poem ‘The Female of the Species’ by Rudyard Kipling. Whether the animal in question is a cobra, a she-bear, or a woman, the warning of where the greatest danger lies is the same, ‘For the female of the species is more deadly than the male’.

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Male 2

Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːleɪ/
The capital of the Maldives; population 111,000 (est. 2007).

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