• Mint

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: mĭnt, IPA: /mɪnt/
    • Rhymes: -ɪnt

    Origin 1

    From Middle English minten, from Old English myntan ("to mean, intend, purpose, determine, resolve"), from Proto-Germanic *muntaną, *muntijaną ("to think, consider"), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā- ("to think"). Cognate with Eastern Frisian mintsje, muntsje ("to aim, target"), Dutch munten ("to aim at, target"), Dutch monter ("cheerful, gladsome, spry"), Gothic 𐌼𐌿𐌽𐍃 (muns, "thought, opinion"), Old English munan ("to be mindful of, consider, intend"). More at mind.

    Full definition of mint

    Verb

    1. (intransitive, provincial, Northern England, Scotland) To try, attempt; take aim.
    2. (transitive, provincial, Northern England, Scotland) To try, attempt, endeavor; to take aim at; to try to hit; to purpose.
    3. (intransitive, chiefly Scotland) To hint; suggest; insinuate.

    Noun

    mint

    (plural mints)
    1. (provincial, Northern England, Scotland) Intent, purpose; an attempt, try; effort, endeavor.

    Origin 2

    From Middle English mynt, münet ("money, coin"), from Old English mynet ("coin, money"), from Proto-Germanic *munitą, *munitō ("coin"), from Latin monēta ("place for making coins, coined money"), from the temple of Juno Moneta (named for Monēta mother of the Muses), where coins were made; akin to Dutch munt ("currency, coin, mint"), German Münze ("coin, coinage, mint"), Danish mønt ("coin"), and to Russian монета ("coin").

    Noun

    mint

    (plural mints)
    1. A building or institution where money (originally, only coins) is produced under government licence.
    2. (informal) A large amount of money. A vast sum or amount, etc.That house is worth a mintIt must have cost a mint to produce!
    3. (figurative) Any place regarded as a source of unlimited supply; the supply itself.
      • ShakespeareA mint of phrases in his brain.

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    Verb

    1. (transitive) To reproduce (coins), usually en masse, under licence.
    2. To invent; to forge; to fabricate; to fashion.
      • Francis Bacontitles ... of such natures as may be easily minted

    Adjective

    mint

    1. Of condition, as new.in mint condition.
    2. (numismatics) In near-perfect condition; uncirculated.
    3. (philately) Unused with original gum; as issued originally.
    4. (slang) Very good.that's mint

    Origin 3

    From Latin menta ("the plant"), from Ancient Greek μίνθη (minthē), akin to Old Norse minta ("mint").

    Noun

    mint

    (plural mints)
    1. Any of several plants of the family Lamiaceae, typically aromatic with square stems.
    2. The flavouring of the plant, either a sweet, a jelly or sauce.
    3. A green colour, like that of mint.
    4. A mint-flavored candy, often eaten to sweeten the smell of the breath.

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    Adjective

    mint

    1. Of a green colour, like that of the mint plant.
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