1. Of the male sex; not female. "Thy masculine children, that is to say, thy sons." (Chaucer)

2. Having the qualities of a man; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; virile; not feminine or effeminate; strong; robust. "That lady, after her husband's death, held the reins with a masculine energy." (Hallam)

3. Belonging to males; appropriated to, or used by, males. "A masculine church."

4. Having the inflections of, or construed with, words pertaining especially to male beings, as distinguished from feminine and neuter. See Gender. Masculinely, Masculineness.

Origin: L. Masculinus, fr. Masculus male, manly, dim. Of mas a male: cf. F. Masculin. See Male masculine.

(01 Mar 1998)

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