male Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “male” in the English Dictionary

"male" in British English

See all translations

maleadjective

uk   us   /meɪl/

male adjective (SEX)

B1 used to refer to men or ​boys, or the ​sex that fertilizeseggs, and does not ​producebabies or ​eggs itself: male ​students a male ​giraffe IT is very much a male-dominated ​industry. What ​percentage of the ​adult male ​population is ​unemployed? The male ​parts of the ​flower are the ​stamens and the ​anthers.
See also
More examples

male adjective (CONNECTING PART)

specialized engineering, electronics used to refer to a ​piece of ​equipment that has a ​part that ​sticks out and can be ​fitted into a ​hollowpart in another ​piece of ​equipment: a male ​plug
maleness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

malenoun [C]

uk   us   /meɪl/
B2 a ​boy, man, or male ​animal: The male of the ​species is less ​aggressive. Among the ​bodies are two ​unidentified British males.
More examples
(Definition of male from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"male" in American English

See all translations

maleadjective [not gradable]

 us   /meɪl/
of the ​sex that ​produces a ​naturalsubstance that can make an ​eggdevelop into ​young: a male ​gorilla Male and ​femalesoldiersserve in the same ​units.
male
noun [C]  us   /meɪl/
The ​targetaudience is ​young males 20 to 30 ​yearsold.
(Definition of male from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"male" in Business English

See all translations

maleadjective

uk   us   /meɪl/
belonging to or ​relating to men: Last ​year 7.8% of ​femalemanagers handed in ​resignations, compared with 6.4% of male ​colleagues.
used to describe a ​piece of ​equipment that has a ​part that ​sticks out and ​fits into a ​hole or ​space in another ​part: a male ​plug/connector

malenoun [C]

uk   us   /meɪl/
a man or boy: According to the ​survey, the "​averagemanager" is a 43-year-old male.
(Definition of male from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of male?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
boarding school

a school where students live and study

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by ,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some are new to our

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More