men·​thol ˈmen-ˌthȯl How to pronounce menthol (audio)
: a crystalline alcohol C10H20O that occurs especially in mint oils and has the odor and cooling properties of peppermint
menthols plural : mentholated cigarettes

Examples of menthol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than half of kids who smoke use menthol cigarettes, according to the CDC. Jen Christensen, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 The long notes ended after her father became addicted to menthols, developed debilitating respiratory problems and died at age 73 from lung and throat cancer. USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 Other minority groups also disproportionately smoke menthols: In 2020, 51% of Hispanic adult smokers reported using menthol cigarettes, compared with 35% of non-Hispanic white adult smokers, according to the CDC. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 6 Mar. 2024 The plan to eliminate menthol cigarettes has been years in the making. David A. Fahrenthold, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2023 The roll-on is made with unadulterated CBD extract along with natural menthol. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 The handmade cube contains all-natural menthol, wintergreen, and camphor. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Minutes into the pilot, someone is blowing menthol into the eyes of a cancer patient to simulate tears of gratitude. Condé Nast, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2023 No Drip Severe Congestion spray with menthol for instant nasal and sinus congestion relief. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History


German, ultimately from Latin mentha mint

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of menthol was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Menthol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


men·​thol ˈmen-ˌthȯl How to pronounce menthol (audio)
: a white soothing substance from oils of mint

Medical Definition


: a crystalline alcohol C10H20O that occurs especially in mint oils, has the odor and cooling properties of peppermint, and is used in flavoring and in medicine (as locally to relieve pain, itching, and nasal congestion)

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