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"male" in British English

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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.
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  • 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.

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(Definition of male from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"male" in American English

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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

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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)
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