male: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (māl), [key]
— n.
  1. a person bearing an X and Y chromosome pair in the cell nuclei and normally having a penis, scrotum, and testicles, and developing hair on the face at adolescence; a boy or man.
  2. an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces a sperm cell or male gamete.
  3. a staminate plant.
  1. of, pertaining to, or being a male animal or plant.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of a male person; masculine: a male voice.
  3. composed of males: a male choir.
    1. designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure producing or containing microspores.
    2. (of seed plants) staminate.
  4. made to fit into a corresponding open or recessed part:Cf.(def. 8). a male plug.


Pronunciation: (mä'lā, -lē), [key]
— n.
  1. a city in and the capital of the Maldives. 17,000.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form meaning “evil,” occurring in loanwords from Latin:Cf. malediction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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