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mensa

[ men-suh ]
/ ˈmɛn sə /
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noun, plural men·sas, men·sae [men-see] /ˈmɛn si/ for 1, genitive men·sae for 2.

Also called altar slab, altar stone. the flat stone forming the top of the altar in a Roman Catholic church.
(initial capital letter)Astronomy. the Table, a southern constellation near Octans.

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Origin of mensa

First recorded in 1685–95, mensa is from the Latin word mēnsa table

Definition for mensa (2 of 2)

Mensa
[ men-suh ]
/ ˈmɛn sə /

noun

an international fellowship organization for people with IQ's in the top 2 percent of the general population.

Origin of Mensa

From the Latin word mēnsa table, symbolizing the original conception of the society, “a round table where no one has precedence”
Mensan, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mensa (1 of 2)

Mensa1
/ (ˈmɛnsə) /

noun Latin genitive Mensae (ˈmɛnsiː)

a faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Hydrus and Volans and containing part of the Large Magellanic Cloud
Latin, literally: the table

British Dictionary definitions for mensa (2 of 2)

Mensa2
/ (ˈmɛnsə) /

noun

an international society, membership of which is restricted to people whose intelligence test scores exceed those expected of 98 per cent of the population
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