[ mey-noh; Italian me-naw ]
/ ˈmeɪ noʊ; Italian ˈmɛ nɔ /
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Origin of meno

1875–80; <Italian <Latin minus less

Other definitions for meno (2 of 2)


a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “month,” used with reference to menstruation in the formation of compound words: menopause.
Also especially before a vowel, men-.

Origin of meno-

<Greek mēno-, combining form of mḗn month; see moon
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What does meno- mean?

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

Meno- 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.”

What are variants of meno-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, meno- becomes men-, as in menarche.

Examples of meno-

Menopause is the period when menstruation ends, usually between the ages of 45–55.

Borrowed from the French ménopause, menopause features the equivalent of the combining forms of meno-, referring to menstruation, and pause, meaning “cessation” and from a Greek word for “halt, stop.” Menopause, then, has the literal sense of “the end of menstruating.”

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British Dictionary definitions for meno (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmɛnəʊ) /

adverb music
(esp preceding a dynamic or tempo marking) to be played less quickly, less softly, etc
short for meno mosso

Word Origin for meno

from Italian, from Latin minus less

British Dictionary definitions for meno (2 of 2)


combining form

Word Origin for meno-

from Greek mēn month
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