men·​thol | \ ˈmen-ˌthȯl How to pronounce menthol (audio) , -ˌthōl \

Definition of menthol

1 : a crystalline alcohol C10H20O that occurs especially in mint oils and has the odor and cooling properties of peppermint
2 menthols plural : mentholated cigarettes

Examples of menthol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some advocates argue that tobacco companies heavily advertise menthol products to Black communities, which plays into America’s life-threatening, colossal health disparity. Lydia Wang,, 28 Apr. 2021 Fernet: This whole article is about Fernet Branca, which is the first and most popular of the Fernets, a subclass of amari distinguished by a mint-menthol character. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2021 Cinnamon, blackberry, bramble, tart cherry and a little menthol all make their presence known. Marc Bona, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2020 Its menthol pods, which are less sweet than mint, are still available and the company recently filed applications with the FDA to keep selling them. Angelica Lavito,, 9 Sep. 2020 The vaping industry attracts kids with appealing candy, fruit, mint and menthol flavors. CBS News, 20 Nov. 2019 Only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors will remain for sale. Michael Nedelman, CNN, 17 Oct. 2019 Although Juul remains the dominant player in the U.S. vaping market, the company has made several concessions, including halting its advertising and pulling all its flavors except menthol and tobacco from the market. Indianapolis Star, 25 Feb. 2020 The company will stop shipping all products except those formulated to taste like tobacco or menthol once the FDA’s restrictions take effect next week, according to a person familiar with the matter. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of menthol

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for menthol

German, ultimately from Latin mentha mint

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“Menthol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of menthol

: an oil made from mint that has a strong smell and that is used in candies, cigarettes, and especially medicines for sore throats


men·​thol | \ ˈmen-ˌthȯl How to pronounce menthol (audio) \

Kids Definition of menthol

: a white crystalline soothing substance from oils of mint


men·​thol | \ ˈmen-ˌthȯl How to pronounce menthol (audio) , -ˌthōl How to pronounce menthol (audio) \

Medical Definition of menthol

: 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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