verb (used with object)

to refer briefly to; name, specify, or speak of: Don't forget to mention her contribution to the project.
to cite formally for a meritorious act or achievement: He was mentioned in dispatches from the war zone.


a direct or incidental reference; a mentioning: to make mention of a place.
formal recognition for a meritorious act or achievement: Her entry in the science competition received a special mention.

Nearby words

  1. menthaceous,
  2. menthene,
  3. menthol,
  4. mentholated,
  5. menticide,
  6. mentmore,
  7. mentoanterior position,
  8. menton,
  9. mentonnière,
  10. mentoplasty


    not to mention, in addition to; without mentioning: We were served a sumptuous entree, not to mention the other courses.

Origin of mention

1250–1300; < Latin mentiōn- (stem of mentiō) a calling to mind, a touching upon (see mental1, -ion); replacing Middle English mencioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for mention


verb (tr)

to refer to or speak about briefly or incidentally
to acknowledge or honour
not to mention something to say nothing of something too obvious to mention


a recognition or acknowledgment
a slight reference or allusionhe only got a mention in the article; the author makes no mention of that
the act of mentioning
philosophy logic linguistics the occurrence (of an expression) in such a context that it is itself referred to rather than performing its own linguistic function. In " Fido " names Fido, the word Fido is first mentioned and then used to refer to the dogCompare use (def. 18) See also formal mode
mainly Australian and NZ a preliminary hearing in a court of law
Derived Formsmentionable, adjectivementioner, noun

Word Origin for mention

C14: via Old French from Latin mentiō a calling to mind, naming, from mēns mind

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Word Origin and History for mention
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with mention


see not to mention; you're welcome (don't mention it).

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