Definition of mint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪnt//
    Herbs and spices
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a plant with dark green leaves that have a fresh smell and taste and are added to food and drinks to give flavour, and used in cooking as a herb and to decorate food mint-flavoured toothpaste I decorated the fruit salad with a sprig of mint. roast lamb with mint sauce See related entries: Herbs and spices
  2. 2 [countable] a sweet/candy flavoured with a type of mint called peppermint after-dinner mints
  3. 3[countable] a place where money is made the Royal Mint (= the one where British coins and notes are made) The bills were fresh from the mint.
  4. 4a mint [singular] (informal) a large amount of money to make/cost a mint They must be worth a mint.
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Old English minte, of West Germanic origin; related to German Minze, ultimately via Latin from Greek minthē. noun senses 3 to 4 Old English mynet ‘coin’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch munt and German Münze, from Latin moneta ‘money’.Extra examples Decorate the dish with a sprig of mint. The Royal Mint has issued a set of commemorative coins. lamb with mint sauceIdioms new or as good as new; in perfect condition
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mint