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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)

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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)
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