Meaning of “masculine” in the English Dictionary

"masculine" in British English

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uk /ˈmæs.kjə.lɪn/ us /ˈmæs.kjə.lɪn/

masculine adjective (MALE)

C1 having characteristics that are traditionally thought to be typical of or suitable for men:

a masculine appearance/voice

More examples

  • She looks a bit masculine in that suit.
  • He wanted a more masculine hair style.

(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/

masculine adjective [ not gradable ] (MALE)

having qualities traditionally considered to be suitable for a man:

It was a movie likely to appeal to a masculine audience.

masculine adjective [ not gradable ] (GRAMMAR)

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

noun [ U ] us /ˌmæs·kjəˈlɪn·ɪ·t̬i/

Boys need to see a wide range of masculinity to pattern their lives after.

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