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noun, plural mensch·en [men-chuh n] /ˈmɛn tʃən/, mensch·es. Informal.
  1. a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person.
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Origin of mensch

1950–55; < Yiddish mentsh man, human being < Middle High German mensch (German Mensch), Old High German mennisco, mannisco; see man1, -ish1
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"person of strength and honor," 1907, from Yiddish, from German Mensch, literally "man, person," from Old High German mennisco "human," from Proto-Germanic adjective *manniska- "human" (see mannish).

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