[ pep-er-mint, -muh nt ]
/ ˈpɛp ərˌmɪnt, -mənt /


an herb, Mentha piperita, of the mint family, cultivated for its aromatic, pungent oil.
Also called peppermint oil. this oil, or a preparation made from it.
a lozenge or confection flavored with peppermint.

Nearby words

  1. peppercorn,
  2. peppercorn rent,
  3. peppered moth,
  4. peppergrass,
  5. pepperidge,
  6. peppermint camphor,
  7. peppermint spirit,
  8. pepperoni,
  9. pepperroot,
  10. peppershaker

Origin of peppermint

First recorded in 1690–1700; pepper + mint1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peppermint


/ (ˈpɛpəˌmɪnt) /


a temperate mint plant, Mentha piperita, with purple or white flowers: cultivated for its downy leaves, which yield a pungent oil
the oil from this plant, which is used as a flavouring
a sweet flavoured with peppermint
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Word Origin and History for peppermint



1690s, from pepper (n.) + mint (n.1). As a type of candy drop by 1829.

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