\ 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 mensch (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mensch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The token mensch of the piece, a student named Seth ( Nico Hiraga ), wants to be nice to everyone, but niceness carries its own complications. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 This year, the television honors went to Norman Lear, going on ninety-nine and in full mensch-hood. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 In classic mensch-like fashion, 100% of the proceeds will go toward Meals on Wheels Vermont. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2021 On top of all of his other attributes, Richard Avedon was a mensch. Scott Eyman, WSJ, 11 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 19 Mar. 2020 Bong turned out to be not just the night’s biggest winner but its biggest mensch. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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