men·​tion | \ ˈmen(t)-shən How to pronounce mention (audio) \

Definition of mention

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of citing or calling attention to someone or something especially in a casual or incidental manner There was hardly a mention of the plan's possible dangers.
2 : formal citation (see citation sense 3) for outstanding achievement The journalist received special mention for her reportage on the recent advances in cancer research.


mentioned; mentioning\ ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce mentioning (audio) \

Definition of mention (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make mention of : refer to also : to cite for outstanding achievement
not to mention
: not even yet counting or considering : and notably in addition a proposal that's risky and expensive, not to mention unethical

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mentionable \ ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​bəl How to pronounce mentionable (audio) \ adjective
mentioner \ ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce mentioner (audio) \ noun

Examples of mention in a Sentence


In her speech, she carefully avoided any mention of her costar. There was barely a mention of the plan's possible dangers. The mere mention of blood makes me ill. I get nervous at the mention of his name. Her contributions deserve a mention. One other issue deserves special mention.


She's never mentioned anything to me about her husband. I get nervous every time his name is mentioned. They mentioned him by name. I believe I mentioned the problem to you last week. Most history books don't even mention the event. As previously mentioned, his proposal has been widely criticized. He fails to mention, however, the seriousness of the crime. She mentioned that she would be out of the office the following day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

China, however, has made no official mention of a commitment to purchasing more U.S. agricultural products, and a person with knowledge of the event said Mr. Xi made no such promise during his meeting with Mr. Trump. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Mnuchin Said to Advise U.S. Firms to Seek Huawei Exemptions," 10 July 2019 At the bond hearing, the government attorney made no mention of the gang allegation and agreed to his release. Melissa Del Bosque, ProPublica, "Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Migrant Asylum Claims," 8 July 2019 The announcement Wednesday made no mention of the water billing system, which has been frozen since the May 7 attack. Ian Duncan,, "Baltimore restores online payment systems for speeding and parking tickets and property taxes," 3 July 2019 Perhaps the most striking problems are that the study makes no mention of horns and does not include any data whatsoever on mobile device usage by its participants who, according to the Post, are growing alleged horns. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Debunked: The absurd story about smartphones causing kids to sprout horns," 21 June 2019 The Harris campaign made no mention of Green's long support for impeachment in announcing the endorsement, focusing instead on his support for an immigration overhaul plan. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Kamala Harris scores backing of Texas Rep. Al Green, crusader for impeachment of Trump," 20 June 2019 Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong weighed in on Sunday to reassure the public about the economic zones, which have 99-year leases, but also made no specific mention of China. Martin Petty, The Christian Science Monitor, "China's reach fuels illegal protests in Vietnam," 19 June 2018 Friday's unsealed indictment against Clark, to be clear, makes no explicit mention of that murder plot. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The Silk Road's Alleged Right-Hand Man Will Finally Face a US Court," 15 June 2018 Wednesday's report made special mention of Trump's apparent readiness to halt US-South Korean military drills, a declaration that apparently took Seoul and Tokyo -- as well as least some corners of the Pentagon -- by surprise. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "North Korean media praises Trump in 'meeting of the century'," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After mentioning those comments and McGrath's 2018 congressional run against Rep. Andy Barr to start Sunday night's program, Hunt told viewers McGrath had canceled the appearance before the show could begin. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Amy McGrath 'rescheduling' after last-minute cancellation on MSNBC," 15 July 2019 Balzouman said Harris hadn’t mentioned the cell phone to him, only the laptop. Sarah Ravani,, "Ghost Ship trial: Government agent contradicts defense witness’ arson testimony," 15 July 2019 Having someone who knows the Premier League in and out will help to reduce any issues of transitioning which would be a problem with the other strikers mentioned., "5 Strikers West Ham Should Target After Maxi Gomez & Callum Wilson Failures," 13 July 2019 The county confirmed Croucher’s hiring hours after the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Annette Chambers-Smith, mentioned a warden had been hired during a meeting in Columbus of the Ohio Jail Advisory Board. Courtney Astolfi,, "Cuyahoga County hires jail warden," 12 July 2019 As mentioned above, he was charged by federal prosecutors on Monday (read the full indictment here), and has pleaded not guilty. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What We Know So Far About Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Trafficking Case," 11 July 2019 Yet nowadays anyone who even mentions the ‘R’ word is smeared as anti-Semitic. Josefin Dolsten,, "Cartoonist disinvited from White House defends image widely labeled as anti-Semitic," 10 July 2019 As mentioned before, though, there are times when his tackling technique can waver a bit. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football freshman Quinten Johnson could be another Khaleke Hudson," 8 July 2019 The Details: As mentioned above, Meghan and Harry have chosen to have a private ceremony for baby Archie. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Archie Harrison's Christening Is Very Different From George, Charlotte, and Louis'," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of mention


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mention

Noun and Verb

Middle English mencioun, from Anglo-French mencion, from Latin mention-, mentio; akin to Latin meminisse to remember, ment-, mens mind

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English Language Learners Definition of mention

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short statement about something or someone : an act of mentioning something or someone



English Language Learners Definition of mention (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk about, write about, or refer to (something or someone) especially in a brief way
: to refer to or suggest (someone) as having a possible role or status


men·​tion | \ ˈmen-shən How to pronounce mention (audio) \

Kids Definition of mention

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short statement calling attention to something or someone She made no mention of the dangers.


mentioned; mentioning

Kids Definition of mention (Entry 2 of 2)

: to refer to or speak about briefly … I was sorry I had mentioned his past.— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain

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