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[ men ]


  1. plural of man.


  1. variant of meno- before a vowel:



/ mɛn /


  1. the plural of man

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Idioms and Phrases

see all things to all people (men) ; separate the men from the boys . Also see under man .

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Example Sentences

“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.

In the 90s, it kept gay men out of leadership roles in the Boy Scouts of America.

Isolated lesbians learned that there were other women like them via books whose covers aimed to titillate heterosexual men.

Security officials told Agence France-Presse that the gas station manager said he had recognized the two men.

The juxtaposition planted a story of association on websites that touted both men for their talks.

Most of the men leaped up, caught hold of spears or knives, and rushed out.

The Duchess had also a tent for their sick men; so that we had a small town of our own here, and every body employed.

The case was an assault and battery that came off between two men named Brown and Henderson.

In particular the Governor of Adinskoy offered us a guard of fifty men to the next station, if we apprehended any danger.

As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.


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Words That Use men-

What does men- mean?

Men- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “month.” It is used in a few medical terms, specifically in references to menstruation.

Men- comes from the Greek mḗn, meaning “month.” It’s distantly related to the English word moon, itself related to the word month. Many calendars, both in the past and present, are based on the cycles of the moon.

Menstruation is the periodic flow (known as menses) of blood and other substances from the uterus, which happens approximately every month in women of certain ages. Indeed, both menstruation and menses derive from the Latin mēnsis, meaning “month.”

Men- is a variant of meno-, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use meno- article.

Examples of men-

The combining form men- is rare. One example of combining form men- can be found in the word menarche, meaning “the first menstrual period.”

The first part of the word, men-, refers to “menstruation.” The second part of the word, arche, comes from the Greek word for “beginning.” Menarche means “beginning of menstruation.”

What are some words that use the combining form men-?

What are some other forms that men- may be commonly confused with?

Many other words begin with the letters men- but do not use men- as a combining form to refer to menstruation. Menial, menace, and mental are just three examples. And the word men, plural of man, is entirely spelled with the letters m-e-n, but has nothing to do with months or menses.

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Menarche is the period of a woman’s life when she starts menstruating. Menopause is when menstruating ends. What is menacme?

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.