male (n.)

late 14c., "male human being; male fish or land animal; one of the sex that begets young," from Old French masle (adj.) "masculine, male, adult," also used as a noun (12c., Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus "masculine, male, worthy of a man" (source also of Provençal mascle, Spanish macho, Italian maschio), diminutive of mas (genitive maris) "male person or animal, male."

Male, matching female, applies to the whole sex among human beings and gender among animals, to the apparel of that sex, and, by figure, to certain things, as plants, rimes, cesuras, screws, joints. Masculine, matching feminine, applies to men and their attributes and to the first grammatical gender; a woman may wear male apparel and have a masculine walk, voice, manner, temperament. [Century Dictionary, 1895]

male (adj.)

late 14c., "pertaining to the sex that begets young," as distinguished from the female, which conceives and gives birth, from Old French male, masle "male, masculine; a male" (see male (n.)). Mechanical sense, used for the part of an instrument that penetrates another part, is from 1660s. Meaning "appropriate to men, masculine" is by 1788. Sense of "composed or consisting of men and boys" is by 1680s.

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Definitions of male from WordNet
male (adj.)
being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation;
a male infant
a male holly tree
male (adj.)
characteristic of a man;
a deep male voice
Synonyms: manful / manlike / manly / virile
male (adj.)
for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys;
the male lead
the male population
male (n.)
an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova);
male (n.)
a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies;
Synonyms: male person
Male (n.)
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