Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a plant where money is coined by authority of the government
  2. (noun, food) a candy that is flavored with a mint oil
  3. (noun, food) the leaves of a mint plant used fresh or candied
  4. (noun, plant) any member of the mint family of plants
  5. (noun, plant) any north temperate plant of the genus Mentha with aromatic leaves and small mauve flowers
  6. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money
  7. (verb, creation) form by stamping, punching, or printing
    strike a medal
  8. (adj, all) as if new

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Origin of the word Mint

  1. "aromatic herb," O.E. minte, from W.Gmc. *minta (cf. O.H.G. minze, Ger. Minze), from L. menta, mentha "mint," from Gk. minthe, personified as a nymph transformed into a herb by Proserpine, probably a loan-word from a lost Mediterranean language. more
  2. "place where money is coined," O.E. mynit "coin," from W.Gmc. *munita (cf. O.Fris. menote, M.Du. munte, Ger. m?nze), from L. moneta "mint" (see money). It meant "coin" at first in English; sense of "place where money is made" first recorded early 15c. General sense of "a vast sum of money" is from 1650s. The verb is 1540s, from the noun… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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