from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or belonging to the primate suborder Anthropoidea, which consists of the New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, and apes including humans.
  • adjective Resembling a human, especially in shape or outward appearance.
  • adjective Resembling or characteristic of a nonhuman ape; apelike.
  • noun A primate of the suborder Anthropoidea.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the superfamily Anthropoidea; man-like; human or simian in a zoölogical sense: applied to all monkeys as well as to man, as distinguished from the lemuroid or prosimian Primates.
  • More specifically, resembling man, or man-like, as one of the higher monkeys or apes, as distinguished from lower monkeys: applied to the apes of the family Simiidæ, as restricted to include only the gorilla, chimpanzee, orang, and gibbon, these being commonly known as the anthropoid apes.
  • noun An anthropoid animal; one of the higher monkeys; an ape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Resembling man; -- applied especially to certain apes, as the ourang or gorilla.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having characteristics of a human being, usually in terms of shape or appearance
  • adjective having characteristics of an ape
  • noun An anthropoid animal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective resembling apes
  • noun any member of the suborder Anthropoidea including monkeys and apes and hominids
  • adjective resembling human beings
  • noun person who resembles a nonhuman primate


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