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

Noun 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. Verb 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 The statement made no mention of Iran, and no group or nation immediately took responsibility for the attack. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'I wished I was on that plane': Iranian general apologizes; missiles pound Iraq base. What we know now," 12 Jan. 2020 But the housing authority's own inspection form makes no mention of carbon monoxide detectors. NBC News, "Carbon monoxide leaks leave Durham, N.C., public housing residents fearing for their safety," 11 Jan. 2020 In its initial readout of the call, the State Department made no mention of Abdul-Mahdi’s request on the troops. Washington Post, "US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan," 10 Jan. 2020 The announcement made no mention of the Epstein scandal. New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein Gave $850,000 to M.I.T., and Administrators Knew," 10 Jan. 2020 Newsom made no mention of Trump in his announcement but acted with an eye toward an inevitable economic downturn that wouldn't allow the state to spend billions on the problem. CBS News, "California governor orders agencies to find land for homeless shelters," 9 Jan. 2020 Those accounts sought to sow discord within the United States, and rarely made mention of Russia. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "Iran has online disinformation operations, too," 8 Jan. 2020 To the relief of everyone, except perhaps the likes of the former national-security adviser John Bolton, who has long advocated for bombing Iran, Trump, on Wednesday, made no mention of further military strikes. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "One Speech Can’t Clean Up Trump’s Iran Mess," 8 Jan. 2020 The new English lyrics were written to accompany a 16th-century Welsh melody, whose original words made no mention of holly or decorating. Anne Lawrence-mathers, Quartz, "Reinvention of Christmas decorations is a historical tradition," 24 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Manfred's nine-page report mentioned Cora 11 times, describing him as a key person in the planning and execution of the cheating scheme. Jimmy Golen, Houston Chronicle, "Red Sox fire Alex Cora in wake of cheating scandal," 14 Jan. 2020 Ehrie and others mentioned the homemade bomb along with new details about the investigation into both the shooters and the incidents that led up to the pair opening fire inside a kosher supermarket in Jersey City on December 10. Mark Morales, CNN, "Jersey City shooters had a bomb in their truck with the reach of five football fields, FBI says," 13 Jan. 2020 Richard also mentioned forthcoming online courses that would be available to everyone. Washington Post, "The unique, unlikely celebrity of Tfue," 13 Jan. 2020 Manfred’s nine-page statement mentions only one player, Carlos Beltran. Kent Somers, azcentral, "MLB lets one group slide when doling out punishment to Astros: the actual Astros," 13 Jan. 2020 Banga rarely mentions cards, the ubiquitous pieces of plastic issued by his banking customers. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Mastercard Isn’t Just a Credit Card Company, According to its CEO," 13 Jan. 2020 Among the targets mentioned, according to officials who saw it, was Soleimani. Peter Baker,, "Seven days in January: How the US and Iran approached the brink of war," 11 Jan. 2020 Among the targets mentioned, according to officials who saw it, was Abdul Reza Shahlai, an Iranian commander in Yemen who helped finance armed groups across the region. New York Times, "Maps: How the Confrontation Between the U.S. and Iran Escalated," 11 Jan. 2020 Davidson, Jeremiah Dinson and Daniel Thomas, among others, mentioned their respect for the tackle as a player and a person. Giana Han, al, "Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson’s legacy to live on at Auburn," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of mention was in the 14th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mention.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce mention (audio)

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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