[min-yon; French mee-nyawn]

Origin of mignon

From French, dating back to 1550–60; see origin at minion


  1. an opera (1866) by Ambroise Thomas.
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  1. small and pretty; dainty
Derived Formsmignonne (ˈmɪnjɒn, French miɲɔn), fem n

Word Origin for mignon

C16: from French, from Old French mignot dainty
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Word Origin and History for mignon

"delicately formed," 1550s, French, literally "delicate, charming, pretty;" see minion. As a noun, "pretty child," from 1827.

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