verb (used without object), min·gled, min·gling.
  1. to become mixed, blended, or united.
  2. to associate or mix in company: She refuses to mingle with bigots.
  3. to associate or take part with others; participate.
verb (used with object), min·gled, min·gling.
  1. to mix or combine; put together in a mixture; blend.
  2. to unite, join, or conjoin.
  3. to associate in company: a hostess who mingles diplomats with executives.
  4. to form by mixing; compound; concoct.
  1. mingles, two or more single, unrelated adults who live together.

Origin of mingle

1425–75; late Middle English menglen, equivalent to meng(en) to mix (Old English mengan; cognate with Dutch, German mengen) + -(e)len -le
Related formsmin·gle·ment, nounmin·gler, nounre·min·gle, verb, re·min·gled, re·min·gling.un·min·gled, adjectivewell-min·gled, adjective

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  1. to mix or cause to mix
  2. (intr often foll by with) to come into close association
Derived Formsmingler, noun

Word Origin for mingle

C15: from Old English mengan to mix; related to Middle Dutch mengen, Old Frisian mengja
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Word Origin and History for mingler



mid-15c., "to bring together," frequentative of Middle English myngen "to mix," from Old English mengan (related to second element in among), from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together" (cf. Old Saxon mengian, Old Norse menga, Old Frisian mendza, German mengen), from PIE *mag- "to knead, fashion, fit" (see macerate). The formation may have been suggested by cognate Middle Dutch mengelen. Of persons, "to join with others, be sociable" (intransitive), from c.1600. Related: Mingled; mingling.

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