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Meaning of “masculine” in the English Dictionary

"masculine" in British English

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masculineadjective

uk   us   /ˈmæs.kjʊ.lɪn/
  • masculine adjective (MALE)

C1 having ​characteristics that are ​traditionallythought to be ​typical of or ​suitable for men: a masculine ​appearance/​voice
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  • masculine adjective (GRAMMAR)

(written abbreviation masc., m) language belonging to the ​group of ​nouns, pronouns, etc. that are not feminine or neuter: The ​French word for "​sun"' is masculine but the ​German word is ​feminine.
(Definition of masculine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"masculine" in American English

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masculineadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmæs·kjə·lɪn/
having ​qualitiestraditionallyconsidered to be ​suitable for a man: It was a ​movielikely to ​appeal to a masculine ​audience.
grammar (abbreviation masc.) being a ​noun or ​pronoun of a ​type that refers to males, or in some other ​languages, being a ​noun of a ​type that refers to things ​considered as ​male
masculinity
noun [U]  us   /ˌmæs·kjəˈlɪn·ɪ·t̬i/
Boys need to ​see a ​widerange of masculinity to ​patterntheirlives after.
(Definition of masculine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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