Meaning of “male” in the English Dictionary

"male" in British English

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maleadjective

uk /meɪl/ us /meɪl/

male adjective (SEX)

B1 used to refer to men or boys, or the sex that fertilizes eggs, and does not produce babies or eggs itself:

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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More examples

  • A male chicken is called a cock and a female chicken is called a hen.
  • The male deer grows large branching horns called antlers.
  • She's going out with a male model.
  • The critics picked him out as the outstanding male dancer of the decade.
  • Industry is still a preponderantly male environment.

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 hollow part in another piece of equipment:

a male plug
maleness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈmeɪl.nəs/ us /ˈmeɪl.nəs/

malenoun [ C ]

uk /meɪl/ 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

  • The kitten was actually a female, not a male.
  • He's just your average 25-year-old hot-blooded male.
  • The female bird incubates the eggs for about sixteen days while the male brings food.
  • He says he's a red-blooded American male!
  • The chief suspect for the robbery is a Caucasian male.

(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 natural substance that can make an egg develop into young:

a male gorilla
Male and female soldiers serve in the same units.
male
noun [ C ] us /meɪl/

The target audience is young males 20 to 30 years old.

(Definition of “male” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"male" in Business English

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maleadjective

uk /meɪl/ us

belonging to or relating to men:

Last year 7.8% of female managers 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 /meɪl/ us

a man or boy:

According to the survey, the "average manager" is a 43-year-old male.

(Definition of “male” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)