mission

[ mish-uh n ]
/ ˈmɪʃ ən /

noun

adjective

of or relating to a mission.
(usually initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of American furniture of the early 20th century, created in supposed imitation of the furnishings of the Spanish missions of California and characterized by the use of dark, stained wood, by heaviness, and by extreme plainness.

Origin of mission

1590–1600; 1925–30 for def 8; < Latin missiōn- (stem of missiō) a sending off, equivalent to miss(us) (past participle of mittere to send) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsmis·sion·al, adjective

Definition for mission (2 of 2)

Mission

[ mish-uh n ]
/ ˈmɪʃ ən /

noun

a city in S Texas.
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British Dictionary definitions for mission

mission

/ (ˈmɪʃən) /

noun

verb

(tr) to direct a mission to or establish a mission in (a given region)

Word Origin for mission

C16: from Latin missiō, from mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for mission

mission


n.

1590s, "a sending abroad," originally of Jesuits, from Latin missionem (nominative missio) "act of sending, a despatching; a release, a setting at liberty; discharge from service, dismissal," noun of action from past participle stem of mittere "to send," oldest form probably *smittere, of unknown origin.

Diplomatic sense of "body of persons sent to a foreign land on commercial or political business" is from 1620s. In American English, sometimes "an embassy" (1805). Meaning "dispatch of an aircraft on a military operation" (1929, American English) later extended to spacecraft flights (1962), hence, mission control (1964). As a style of furniture, said to be imitative of furniture in the buildings of original Spanish missions to North America, it is attested from 1900.

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