[ mens ]
/ mɛns /
British Dialect


propriety; discretion.

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

to adorn; bring honor to; grace.

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 forms

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