from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The human race; humankind. See Usage Note at man.
  • n. Men as opposed to women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The human race in its entirety.
  • n. All male men as opposed to all women.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The human race; man, taken collectively.
  • n. Men, as distinguished from women; the male portion of human race.
  • n. Human feelings; humanity.
  • adj. Manlike; not womanly; masculine; bold; cruel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The human race; men collectively.
  • n. The masculine division of humanity; men, as distinguished from women.
  • n. Human kindness; humanity.
  • Resembling man, not woman, in form or nature; unwomanly; masculine; coarse; bold.
  • Of virile power; strong; ferocious; furious.

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

  • n. all of the living human inhabitants of the earth


From Middle English mankinde, mankende, mankunde, mankuinde, alteration (due to kinde, kunde ("kind, nature, sort")) of earlier mankin, mankun, mancun ("mankind"), from Old English mancynn; equivalent to man +‎ kin, and/or man +‎ -kind. Cognate with Scots mankind, Middle High German mankünne, Danish mandkøn, Swedish mankön, Icelandic mannkyn ("mankind"). See also mankin. (Wiktionary)



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