Main definitions of male in English

: male1Male2


Pronunciation /māl/ /meɪl/

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  • 1Of or denoting the sex that produces small, typically motile gametes, especially spermatozoa, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated to produce offspring.

    ‘male children’
    • ‘the participants are mostly male’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Biological differentiation into male and female makes sexual reproduction possible.’
    • ‘Reef fishes are egg-layers, and the eggs are externally fertilized by the male parent.’
    • ‘The biological consequences concern both male and female reproductive systems.’
    • ‘The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system.’
    • ‘She put two male rats in an open-field maze at the same time with two bins of food.’
    • ‘We came across a lone male elephant, feeding as he wandered.’
    • ‘When sterile male flies mate with wild females, no eggs develop.’
    masculine, men's, of men, he-
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    1. 1.1Relating to men or the male gender.
      ‘male unemployment’
      • ‘He heard a gruff male voice in the background.’
      • ‘You live in a place where male bonding takes on a whole new life!’
      • ‘Firstly, to get the male point of view, they interview one man.’
      • ‘The magnesium and manganese found in bananas are also extremely beneficial for male health.’
      • ‘ Male mental health awareness has come a long way , but there 's still work to do be done.’
      • ‘For hundreds of years, the assumption was that male pronouns would cover everyone.’
      • ‘There are stories about people with male names getting more jobs and higher salaries than those with female names.’
      • ‘The concept of the male gaze was first developed in film theory.’
      • ‘Browsing is a stereotypically male activity.’
      • ‘The living room we entered was typically male.’
      male, aggressively male, masculine, unpleasantly masculine
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    2. 1.2(of a plant or flower) bearing stamens but lacking functional pistils.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus, the perianth of male flowers is often larger than that of female flowers.’
      • ‘Inflorescences with male flowers only were found in various sequential inflorescences in the six populations.’
      • ‘It is now clear that mutation rates are greater in male than in female germ lines.’
    3. 1.3(of parts of machinery, fittings, etc.) designed to enter, fill, or fit inside a corresponding female part.
      ‘the valve has standard half-inch threaded male ends’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then the connector was flanged onto the newly installed flexible pipe end termination which will mate with the male hub connection structure.’


  • 1A male animal or plant.

    ‘the males have brilliant sky-blue wings’
    • ‘Common chimpanzees are very social animals, with males forming the closest bonds.’
    • ‘Interactions among newborns, mothers, and adult males are rarely observed but are needed to distinguish between these hypotheses.’
    • ‘Even Frodo, the longtime dominant alpha male, is feeling poorly and lying low.’
    • ‘Neither of the two unmated males sired extra-pair young.’
    • ‘Territorial males sired, on average, significantly more offspring per reproductive season than peripherals.’
    • ‘Mate guarding is the primary mating tactic used by dominant males of many species of ungulates.’
    • ‘There was no predation and there were no unmated males in our population.’
    • ‘Plot shows percentage of females produced by hybrid males of various genotypes.’
    • ‘Smaller groups usually consist of an unmated female courted by unmated males.’
    • ‘Sometimes, though, the ratio of males to females lurches out of balance.’
    1. 1.1A male person; a man or boy.
      • ‘the audience consisted of adult males’
      male, adult male, gentleman
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Late Middle English from Old French masle, from Latin masculus, from mas ‘a male’.

Main definitions of Male in English

: male1Male2


Pronunciation /ˈmälā/ /ˈmɑleɪ/

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proper noun

  • The capital of the Maldives; population 111,000 (est. 2007).