- any aromatic herb of the genus Mentha, having opposite leaves and small, whorled flowers, as the spearmint and peppermint.Compare mint family.
- a soft or hard confection, often shaped like a wafer, that is usually flavored with peppermint and often served after lunch or dinner.
- any of various flavored hard candies packaged as a roll of small round wafers.
- made or flavored with mint: mint tea.
Origin of mint1
- a place where coins, paper currency, special medals, etc., are produced under government authority.
- a place where something is produced or manufactured
- a vast amount, especially of money: He made a mint in oil wells.
- Philately. (of a stamp) being in its original, unused condition.
- unused or appearing to be newly made and never used: a book in mint condition.
- to make (coins, money, etc.) by stamping metal.
- to turn (metal) into coins: to mint gold into sovereigns.
- to make or fabricate; invent: to mint words.
Origin of mint2
- intent; purpose.
- an attempt; try; effort.
- to try (something); attempt.
- to take aim at (something) with a gun.
- to hit or strike at (someone or something).
- to try; attempt.
- to take aim.
Origin of mint3
Examples from the Web for mint
By the way, a mint condition 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible can now sell for as much as $350,000.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
The true origins of the mint julep, however, stretch back considerably further.
So when you take that first frosty sip of your mint julep in celebration of the Kentucky Derby, enjoy it.
You might have guessed by now: Monsanto made a mint off rBGH and insisted it was perfectly safe.Reporter Loses Her Job for Staying Honest
March 17, 2014
“We say a cup of mint tea without bubbles is like a djellaba without a hood,” said Mouha.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
January 22, 2014
We stuffed the pink dainties with mint, and baked them in balls of clay.In the Valley
That brown skull was more precious to him than a mint of money.Buried Cities, Part 2
The preserve of tigers alone is worth a mint of money, David.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Now a mint was set up in Eden Vale, and the coinage underwent a reform.Freeland
Tak tent what ye say, or mint at sayin, to persuaud him:—Isy 'ill be upo ye!Salted With Fire
- any N temperate plant of the genus Mentha, having aromatic leaves and spikes of small typically mauve flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates). The leaves of some species are used for seasoning and flavouringSee also peppermint, spearmint, horsemint, water mint
- stone mint another name for dittany (def. 2)
- a sweet flavoured with mint
- a place where money is coined by governmental authority
- a very large amount of moneyhe made a mint in business
- (of coins, postage stamps, etc) in perfect condition as issued
- British informal excellent; impressive
- in mint condition in perfect condition; as if new
- to make (coins) by stamping metal
- (tr) to invent (esp phrases or words)
Word Origin and History for mint
aromatic herb, Old English minte (8c.), from West Germanic *minta (cf. Old Saxon minta, M.D. mente, Old High German minza, German Minze), a borrowing from Latin menta, mentha "mint," from Greek minthe, personified as a nymph transformed into an herb by Proserpine, probably a loan-word from a lost Mediterranean language.
place where money is coined, early 15c., from Old English mynet "coin, coinage, money" (8c.), from West Germanic *munita (cf. Old Saxon munita, Old Frisian menote, Middle Dutch munte, Old High German munizza, German münze), from Latin moneta "mint" (see money). Earlier word for "place where money is coined" was minter (early 12c.). General sense of "a vast sum of money" is from 1650s.
"to stamp metal to make coins," 1540s, from mint (n.2). Related: Minted; minting. Minter "one who stamps coins to create money" is from early 12c.
"perfect" (like a freshly minted coin), 1887 (in mint condition), from mint (n.2).