Meaning of “manhood” in the English Dictionary

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"manhood" in British English

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manhoodnoun

uk /ˈmæn.hʊd/ us /ˈmæn.hʊd/

[ U ] the state of being a man:

The story is seen through the eyes of a boy on the verge of manhood.
A celebration is held for the boy at the age when he is considered to have reached manhood.

[ U ] the qualities that are considered typical of a man:

Tall and handsome, this young actor is Hollywood's ideal of manhood.

[ U ] literary men, especially all the men of a particular country:

The flower of the nation's manhood (= the best young men in the country) was killed in the war.

[ U ] a man's ability to express or experience sexual feelings:

Why do you think he needs to have so many women around him - is it just a way of proving his manhood?

[ S ] humorous penis

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

"manhood" in American English

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manhoodnoun [ U ]

us /ˈmænˌhʊd/

the condition or time of being a man:

a boy on the brink of manhood

Manhood is also the qualities that are considered typical of a man:

He feels he has to do dangerous things to prove his manhood.

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