[ mens ]
/ mɛns /
British Dialect


propriety; discretion.

verb (used with object), mensed, mens·ing.

to adorn; bring honor to; grace.

Nearby words

  1. mens rea,
  2. mens sana in corpore sano,
  3. mensa,
  4. mensal,
  5. mensch,
  6. menservants,
  7. menses,
  8. menshevik,
  9. menshevism,
  10. menstrual

Origin of mense

1490–1500; variant (north) of mensk, Middle English menske courtesy, honor < Old Norse menska humanity, cognate with Old English menniscu literally, the human state; akin to mensch. See man1, -ish1

Related formsmense·ful, adjectivemense·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019