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

  • noun The human race; humankind.
  • noun Men as opposed to women.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • noun all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

Etymologies

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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.

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