Definition of masculinity in English:



  • [mass noun] Possession of the qualities traditionally associated with men.

    ‘handsome, muscled, and driven, he's a prime example of masculinity’
    • ‘The learned professor is not the first to point out that modern masculinity faces challenging times.’
    • ‘A triumphant and energetic return to work in the office dispels doubts about his masculinity.’
    • ‘The critical misunderstanding is that not every display of masculinity is sexual.’
    • ‘The office of president, always held by men, promotes a mental link between authority and masculinity.’
    • ‘These two knights of the realm are mirror images, roughly the same age and both enduring embodiments of masculinity.’
    virility, manliness, maleness, vigour, strength, muscularity, ruggedness, toughness, robustness
    View synonyms