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mint

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Etymology 1Edit

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.

VerbEdit

mint (third-person singular simple present mints, present participle minting, simple past and past participle minted)

  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.

NounEdit

mint (plural mints)

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

Etymology 2Edit

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 (moneta, coin).

NounEdit

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 mint
    It must have cost a mint to produce!
  3. (figuratively) Any place regarded as a source of unlimited supply; the supply itself.
    • Shakespeare
      A mint of phrases in his brain.
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mint (third-person singular simple present mints, present participle minting, simple past and past participle minted)

  1. (transitive) To reproduce (coins), usually en masse, under licence.
  2. To invent; to forge; to fabricate; to fashion.
    • Francis Bacon
      titles [] of such natures as may be easily minted
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mint (not comparable)

  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
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Etymology 3Edit

A mint plant.

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

NounEdit

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.
    mint colour:    
  4. A mint-flavored candy, often eaten to sweeten the smell of the breath.
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mint (comparative minter, superlative mintest)

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

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of minnen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of minnen

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mint

  1. (comparison) than, as ... as
    A kastély nagyobb, mint a kutyaház. - The castle is bigger than the dog-house.
    Olyan nagy a házam, mint a tiéd. - My house is as big as yours.
  2. as
    János mint zsűritag vett részt az eseményen. - János took part in the event as a member of the jury.

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In the context of comparison, mint starts a new clause, so a comma is needed before it.

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