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men Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the force of workers available
    hands; manpower; work force; workforce.
  2. noun an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
    adult male; man.
    • there were two women and six men on the bus
  3. noun someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
    military man; serviceman; military personnel; man.
    • two men stood sentry duty
  4. noun the generic use of the word to refer to any human being
    • it was every man for himself
  5. noun any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
    human being; homo; human; man.
  6. noun a male subordinate
    • the chief stationed two men outside the building
    • he awaited word from his man in Havana
  7. noun an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)
    • the army will make a man of you
  8. noun a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
    valet de chambre; man; gentleman; gentleman's gentleman; valet.
    • Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man
  9. noun 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
  10. noun one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea
    Isle of Man; Man.
  11. noun game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
    piece; man.
    • he taught me to set up the men on the chess board
    • he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage
  12. noun all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
    humans; human race; humankind; mankind; human beings; world; humanity; man.
    • all the world loves a lover
    • she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women

Men noun
  1. pl. of Man.
Men pronoun
OE. me, men. "Not the plural of man, but a weakened form of the word man itself." Skeat.
  1. A man; one; -- used with a verb in the singular, and corresponding to the present indefinite one or they. Obs. Piers Plowman.
    Men moot give silver to the poure triars. Chaucer.
    A privy thief, men clepeth death. Chaucer.

Webster 1913

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