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noun man pronunciation in British English /mæn/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an adult male human

    an ambitious young man

    a jury of nine men and three women

    a man’s overcoat

    a man of 64 (=who is 64 years old)

    1. a.

      a man

      old-fashioned used by a man for referring to himself

      A man likes to have some time to himself.

  2. 2
    [countable] old-fashioned a person of either sex. Some people do not like to use this word in this way because they think it is offensive to women

    All men are created equal.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] people in general

      He always maintained his belief in the goodness of man.

      the evolution of man

  3. 5
    [countable] informal a man who takes part in a particular activity or who likes a particular thing

    I’m not really a football man. I prefer tennis.

  4. 7
    [countable] [usually plural] a man of low rank in the armed forces

    General Hoge ordered his men to take the bridge.

  5. 8
    [countable] a man of low status who works in a factory, on a farm, or in industry

    The men were threatening to go on strike.

    1. a.
      a man who comes to your house to do a piece of work or provide a service, especially to repair something

      the dishwasher man

      the gas man

      They sent a man round to look at the sink.

    2. b.
      a man who works for a particular company or organization, or who does a particular type of work

      He eyed the two CIA men suspiciously.

      a medical/military man

      our man in something:

      Our man in Brazil has been watching the situation.

  6. 9
    [countable] informal used for talking to a man or a boy

    Hey man, how are you doing?

    1. a.
      informal old-fashioned used for talking to a man when you are annoyed or upset

      Just get on with it, man!

  7. 12
    [countable] old-fashioned a servant




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