[ men-suh ]
/ ˈmɛn sə /
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
Words nearby mensa
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British Dictionary definitions for mensae (1 of 2)
/ (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
Word Origin for Mensa
Latin, literally: the table
British Dictionary definitions for mensae (2 of 2)
/ (ˈmɛnsə) /
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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