[ men-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: mentionmentionedmentioningmentions on

verb (used with object)
  1. to refer briefly to; name, specify, or speak of: Don't forget to mention her contribution to the project.

  2. to cite formally for a meritorious act or achievement: He was mentioned in dispatches from the war zone.

  1. a direct or incidental reference; a mentioning: to make mention of a place.

  2. formal recognition for a meritorious act or achievement: Her entry in the science competition received a special mention.

Idioms about mention

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

Origin of mention

First recorded in 1250–1300; from Latin mentiōn-, stem of mentiō, literally, “a calling to mind, a touching upon” (see mental1, -ion); replacing Middle English mencioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin, as above

Other words for mention

Other words from mention

  • men·tion·a·ble, adjective
  • men·tion·er, noun
  • in·ter·men·tion, verb
  • pre·men·tion, noun, verb (used with object)
  • re·men·tion, verb (used with object)
  • un·der·men·tioned, adjective
  • un·men·tioned, adjective

Words Nearby mention Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mention in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mention


/ (ˈmɛnʃən) /

  1. to refer to or speak about briefly or incidentally

  2. to acknowledge or honour

  1. not to mention something to say nothing of something too obvious to mention

  1. a recognition or acknowledgment

  2. a slight reference or allusion: he only got a mention in the article; the author makes no mention of that

  1. the act of mentioning

  2. 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 dog: Compare use (def. 18) See also formal mode

  3. mainly Australian and NZ a preliminary hearing in a court of law

Origin of mention

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

Derived forms of mention

  • mentionable, adjective
  • mentioner, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with mention


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

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