mensch

noun
\ ˈmen(t)sh How to pronounce mensch (audio) \

Definition of mensch

: a person of integrity and honor

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Other Words from mensch

menschy \ ˈmen(t)-​shē How to pronounce menschy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mensch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That recording reminds us of a great artist, to say nothing of a mensch and gentle giant, common descriptions of the cellist in the flood of loving tributes pouring onto social media and classical music websites. Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Remembering Lynn Harrell, the singing cellist," 1 May 2020 Moran is responsible for much of the film's warmth and energy, playing a mensch whose genuine belief in the young Bowie's genius is sorely tested. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Stardust': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 16 Apr. 2020 The stories bandied about reveal a man who seems, alternately, like a family member and a celebrity, a real mensch. Jazmine Hughes, New York Times, "Keep Calm and Listen to Brian Lehrer," 19 Mar. 2020 Bong turned out to be not just the night’s biggest winner but its biggest mensch. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "An Oscars-Night Diary: Love for “Parasite” Brings Hollywood, Momentarily, Together," 10 Feb. 2020 Howard’s genius wardrobe was created by costume designer and stylist Miyako Bellizzi, along with consultant and fashion mensch Mordechai Rubinstein. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Uncut Gems Finds the Beauty in Schmuck Style," 10 Dec. 2019 The pricing for the festival: $118 for all six films and priority seating with a mensch pass; $66 for all six films and second seating with a series pass; and $12 per individual ticket, which translates into third seating. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Jewish film festival, ‘City Lights,’ ‘WALL-E’ on Enzian schedule," 3 Nov. 2019 Mister Mort aka Mordechai Rubenstein, everyone’s favorite jovial mensch and street style photographer, wore a monogrammed white polo shirt and a pair of rainbow tinged seersucker pants. Vogue, "Thom Browne and FarFetch Host a Fantastical Seersucker Picnic at NeueHouse," 23 Aug. 2019 Some cheered for Rickie Fowler, who is widely acknowledged to be the American contingent’s leading young mensch, or for Phil Mickelson, whom many writers privately described as its reigning jerk. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of mensch

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mensch

Yiddish mentsh human being, from Middle High German mensch, from Old High German mennisco; akin to Old English man human being, man

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“Mensch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mensch. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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