Meaning of MAN in English


I. ˈman, in compounds ˌman or mən noun

( plural men ˈmen, in compounds ˌmen or mən)

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English man, mon human being, male human; akin to Old High German man human being, Sanskrit manu

Date: before 12th century



(1) : an individual human ; especially : an adult male human

(2) : a man belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) — usually used in combination

council man

(3) : husband

(4) : lover

b. : the human race : mankind

c. : a bipedal primate mammal ( Homo sapiens ) that is anatomically related to the great apes but distinguished especially by notable development of the brain with a resultant capacity for articulate speech and abstract reasoning, is usually considered to form a variable number of freely interbreeding races, and is the sole living representative of the hominid family ; broadly : any living or extinct hominid


(1) : one possessing in high degree the qualities considered distinctive of manhood

(2) obsolete : the quality or state of being manly : manliness

e. : fellow , chap — used as mode of familiar address

f. — used interjectionally to express intensity of feeling

man , what a game


a. : individual , person

a man could get killed there

b. : the individual who can fulfill or who has been chosen to fulfill one's requirements

she's your man


a. : a feudal tenant : vassal

b. : an adult male servant

c. plural : the working force as distinguished from the employer and usually the management


a. : one of the distinctive objects moved by each player in various board games

b. : one of the players on a team

5. : an alumnus of or student at a college or university

a Bowdoin man

6. Christian Science : the compound idea of infinite Spirit : the spiritual image and likeness of God : the full representation of Mind

7. often capitalized : police

when I heard the siren, I knew it was the Man — American Speech

8. often capitalized : the white establishment : white society

surprise that any black…should take on so about The Man — Peter Goldman

9. : one extremely fond of or devoted to something specified

strictly a vanilla ice cream man

• man·less ˈman-ləs adjective

• man·like -ˌlīk adjective

- as one man

- one's own man

- to a man

II. transitive verb

( manned ; man·ning )

Date: 12th century


a. : to supply with people (as for service)

man a fleet

b. : to station members of a ship's crew at

man the capstan

c. : to serve in the force or complement of

man the ticket booth

2. : to accustom (as a hawk) to humans and the human environment

3. : to furnish with strength or powers of resistance : brace

III. abbreviation


Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.