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Dictionary Definition

man

Noun

1 an adult male person (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus" [syn: adult male] [ant: woman]
2 someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force; "two men stood sentry duty" [syn: serviceman, military man, military personnel] [ant: civilian]
3 the generic use of the word to refer to any human being; "it was every man for himself"
4 all of the inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women" [syn: world, human race, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans, mankind]
5 any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae [syn: homo, human being, human]
6 a male subordinate; "the chief stationed two men outside the building"; "he awaited word from his man in Havana"
7 an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent); "the army will make a man of you"
8 a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman; "she takes good care of her man" [ant: woman]
9 a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer; "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man" [syn: valet, valet de chambre, gentleman, gentleman's gentleman]
10 one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea [syn: Isle of Man]
11 game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games; "he taught me to set up the men on the chess board"; "he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage" [syn: piece]

Verb

1 take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place; "Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning"
2 provide with men; "We cannot man all the desks" [also: manning, manned, men (pl)]men n : the force of workers available [syn: work force, workforce, manpower, hands]men See man

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

menn.

Pronunciation

  • /mɛn/, /mEn/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛn

Noun

men p

Quotations

Translations

Plural of man

Basque

Noun

men

Pronoun

men (plural bız; possessive adjective menım)
  1. I (first-person singular)

Danish

Conjunction

men

Dutch

Pronoun

men
  1. One, they; indefinite third person singular pronoun: Men zegt dat... (People say that...; It is said that...).

Faroese

Pronunciation 1

  • [meːn]

Noun

men
Declension
Synonyms

Pronunciation 2

  • [mɛnː]

Conjunction

men

Japanese

Mandarin

Pronunciation

Pinyin

  1. : adjunct pronoun indicate plural
  2. : adjunct pronoun indicate plural

Pinyin syllable

men
  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, mēn, mén, měn, or mèn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Swedish

Etymology 1

Pronunciation

Conjunction

men
  1. But; introducing a clause that contrasts with the preceding clause, sentence or common belief.

Etymology 2

Noun

men
  1. A long-time remnant of a physical or mental injury, which affects a person negatively.

Extensive Definition

Men may refer to:
  • Man, an adult human male
  • Men (kendo), one of the five strikes in kendo
  • MEN (band), the Band/DJ and production duo
  • MEN, a three letter abbreviation
men in Spanish: Men

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Everyman, John Doe, Public, body politic, citizenry, common man, commonwealth, community, community at large, crew, employees, estate, everybody, everyman, everyone, everywoman, fighting force, firepower, folk, folks, force, forces, gang, general public, gentry, hands, help, hired help, male sex, man, manhood, mankind, menfolk, menfolks, nation, nationality, people, people in general, personnel, persons, polity, populace, population, public, retinue, servantry, society, staff, state, sword side, the big battalions, the help, troops, units, work force, world, you and me
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