What does virility mean?

Definitions for virilityvəˈrɪl ɪ ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word virility.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. virility(noun)

    the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation

  2. manfulness, manliness, virility(noun)

    the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male


  1. virility(Noun)

    The state of being virile

  2. virility(Noun)

    Manly character

  3. virility(Noun)

    The ability to procreate

  4. Origin: From virīlitās

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virility(noun)

    the quality or state of being virile; developed manhood; manliness; specif., the power of procreation; as, exhaustion

  2. Origin: [L. virilitas: cf. F. virilit.]


  1. Virility

    Virility refers to any of a wide range of masculine characteristics viewed positively. It is applicable to women but not to negative characteristics. The Oxford English Dictionary says virile is "marked by strength or force." Virility is commonly associated with vigour, health, sturdiness, and constitution, especially in the fathering of children. In this last sense, virility is to men as fertility is to women. OED1 also notes that virile has become obsolete in referring to a "nubile" young woman – "a maid that is Marriageable or ripe for a Husband, or Virill." Historically, masculine attributes such as beard growth have been seen as signs of virility and leadership.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virility in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry van Dyke:

    I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man's part in the real battle of life.

  2. Victoria Billings:

    Whether he admits it or not, a man has been brought up to look at money as a sign of his virility, a symbol of his power, a bigger phallic symbol than a Porsche.

  3. Rebecca West:

    In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.

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