Word of the Day: mint

Word of the Day
April 1, 2016
mint (noun, adjective, verb)
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Mint is an aromatic sweet herb used for cooking and infusion. We also call a mint-flavored candy a mint. As an adjective, it refers to anything flavored with mint. However, a mint is also the place where coins (ie, metal money) are produced and, informally, it means a lot of money. We say that something is mint when it is as good as new. As a verb, mint means 'to make coins' or 'to produce or invent something.'

 

Example sentences
 
Ray chopped some mint and added it to the dish.
Julie always carries a packet of mints in her purse.
My favorite cocktail is a mint julep.
The mint is issuing a new coin next month.
Les is a banker; he must make a mint!
There is an advertisement in the paper for some mint stamps.
Special coins were minted for the Queen of England's Silver Jubilee in 1977.
New words are often minted when they are borrowed from other languages.

 

Words often used with mint
 
in mint condition: as new. Example: "For sale, baseball card collection, in mint condition."
 
Additional information
 
In UK English, mint is also used as an adjective that means 'very good' or 'great.' "She looks mint in that dress!"
 
Did you know?
 
There are many different kinds of mint plants, such as peppermint and spearmint, and each has a distinct flavor. In some other languages, there is a completely different word for each of these herbs, but in English, we can refer to them by longer names like peppermint, or we can just use the generic word mint.
 
Other forms
 
minty (adjective), minter (noun)
 
Origin
 
Mint dates back to before 1000 and comes from the Greek word mínthē, the Latin word ment(h)a, and the Middle English and Old English word minte (a cognate with Old High German minza).
 
 
 
 
 
Mint in other languages
 
 
 
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