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[men-suh l]
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  1. monthly.

Origin of mensal1

1475–85; < Latin mēns(is) month + -al1


[men-suh l]
  1. of, relating to, or used at the table.
  2. Roman Catholic Church. (of a benefice, church, etc.) set aside for the maintenance of a priest or bishop, especially for board.

Origin of mensal2

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin mēnsālis of, pertaining to a table. See mensa, -al1
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Examples from the Web for mensal

Historical Examples

  • The chief had his own mensal lands, as well as his tribute, and these he might forfeit.

    The Land-War In Ireland (1870)

    James Godkin

  • He constructed a number of fortresses on the great central plain and carved out the kingdom of Meath to serve as his mensal land.

  • For never, while supping on this single dish, would he dream of the mensal and kitchen luxuries of the Hermitage in Bronx Park.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for mensal


  1. rare monthly

Word Origin

C15: from Latin mensis month


  1. rare relating to or used at the table

Word Origin

C15: from Latin mensālis, from mensa table
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Word Origin and History for mensal


"monthly," 1860, from Latin mensis "month" (see moon (n.)) + -al (1).


"pertaining to or used at a table," mid-15c., from Late Latin mensalis, from Latin mensa "table" (see mesa).

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