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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

men /mɛn/ n
  1. the plural of man



man /mæn/ n ( pl men /mɛn/)
  1. an adult male human being, as distinguished from a woman
  2. (modifier) male; masculine: a man child
  3. archaic a human being regardless of sex or age, considered as a representative of mankind; a person
  4. (sometimes capital) human beings collectively; mankind: the development of man

  5. Also called: modern man a member of any of the living races of Homo sapiens, characterized by erect bipedal posture, a highly developed brain, and powers of articulate speech, abstract reasoning, and imagination
  6. any extinct member of the species Homo sapiens, such as Cro-Magnon man
  7. a member of any of the extinct species of the genus Homo, such as Java man, Heidelberg man, and Solo man
  8. an adult male human being with qualities associated with the male, such as courage or virility: be a man
  9. manly qualities or virtues: the man in him was outraged
  10. a subordinate, servant, or employee contrasted with an employer or manager
  11. (in combination): the number of man-days required to complete a job
  12. (usually plural) a member of the armed forces who does not hold commissioned, warrant, or noncommissioned rank (as in the phrase officers and men)
  13. a member of a group, team, etc
  14. a husband, boyfriend, etc
  15. an expression used parenthetically to indicate an informal relationship between speaker and hearer
  16. a movable piece in various games, such as draughts
  17. South African slang any person: used as a term of address
  18. a vassal of a feudal lord
  19. as one manwith unanimous action or response
  20. be one's own manto be independent or free
  21. he's your manhe's the person needed (for a particular task, role, job, etc)
  22. man and boyfrom childhood
  23. sort out the men from the boys, separate the men from the boysto separate the experienced from the inexperienced
  24. to a manwithout exception
interj
  1. informal an exclamation or expletive, often indicating surprise or pleasure
vb (mans, manning, manned)(transitive)
  1. to provide with sufficient people for operation, defence, etc
  2. to take one's place at or near in readiness for action
  3. to induce (a hawk or falcon) to endure the presence of and handling by man, esp strangers
Etymology: Old English mann; related to Old Frisian man, Old High German man, Dutch man, Icelandic mathr
USAGE
The use of man to mean human beings in general is often considered sexist. Gender-neutral alternatives include human beings, people and humankind. The verb to man can also often be replaced by to staff, to operate and related words





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