1 having qualities or appearance traditionally associated with men, esp. strength and aggressiveness: he is outstandingly handsome and robust, very masculine.
• of or relating to men; male: a masculine voice.
2 Grammar of or denoting a gender of nouns and adjectives, conventionally regarded as male.
noun (the masculine)
the male sex or gender: the masculine as the norm.
• Grammar a masculine word or form.
ORIGIN late Middle English (in grammatical use): via Old French from Latin masculinus, from masculus ‘male.’
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