Definition of masculine in English:

masculine

Line breaks: mas¦cu|line
Pronunciation: /ˈmaskjʊlɪn
 
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adjective

  • 2 Grammar Of or denoting a gender of nouns and adjectives, conventionally regarded as male: masculine pronouns
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    • Italian casa ‘house’ is a noun of feminine gender, giardino ‘garden’ is a noun of masculine gender.
    • It is unfortunate that the gender of the noun, being masculine, is confused with the intent of the word, which is neutral.
    • Latin homo is a masculine noun that can mean a human being, a male person, or humanity in general.

noun

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  • 1The male sex or gender: the dance presents the world of the masculine, its raw energy
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    • The result seems very much a mix of the two genders, with the emphasis on the masculine.
    • It differentiates the masculine from the feminine, the child from the adult and the human from the animal.
    • It must be part of an inclusive approach to discussing a new history, which integrates the feminine with the masculine.
  • 1.1 Grammar A masculine word or form.
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    • In dictionaries, adjectives are always given in the masculine singular and this may not be the form in which you need the adjective and you may have to change it.
    • The Masculine of either the Adjective or the Participle is freely used in any Case and in any construction.
    • It will be observed that the masculine of the adjective is declined exactly like a masculine noun of the second declension, the feminine exactly like a feminine noun of the first declension, and the neuter exactly like a neuter noun of the second declension.

Derivatives

masculinely

adverb
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  • Next came the denim jacket, my hands masculinely gripping the lapels, a debonair smile cocked across my face.
  • But it is the similarity of Aretino's praise of Venus's masculinely feminine form to Dolce's admiring description of the femininely masculine Adonis that is especially striking.
  • The men's designs were more modern in their scope; and Mr Tong showed some very masculinely sexy pieces here.

Origin

late Middle English (in grammatical use): via Old French from Latin masculinus, from masculus 'male'.

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