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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Other Words from mention


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

However, ask anyone (really anyone) who has ever set foot in a Sephora, and their eyes will light up at the mention of a little blush named Orgasm. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Nars Is Releasing a New Orgasm Makeup Collection for the Iconic Shade’s 20th Anniversary," 9 Apr. 2019 His former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, laughed at the mention of a child with Down syndrome being separated from their mother due to Trump’s immigration policy. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018 Also, as in many such stories, there’s no mention of the fact that Nashville happens to be located in a state with no tax on wage income. James Freeman, WSJ, "Secrets of Nashville’s Success," 16 Apr. 2019 The voices were mum again and mentions of classism and corruption were saved for social media. Teen Vogue, "For Black Students Like Me at USC, the College Admissions Scandal Makes Visible What We All Knew," 21 Mar. 2019 Similarly, today the mention of men in skirts extends beyond the visual of David Beckham in a sarong and describes what’s happening on the ground. Vogue, "A New Exhibition in Boston on Gender-Bending Fashion Is Also About Youthquakes, New and Old," 20 Mar. 2019 At this, the first mention between them of abdication, Wallis burst into tears. Anna Pasternak, Town & Country, "How Wallis Simpson Reacted When King Edward VIII Revealed His Plans to Abdicate," 5 Mar. 2019 Champagne actually predates Priestley by at least 150 years: the first mention of a sparkling wine dates back to 1535 in the Languedoc region of France. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 While the agency's promotional video is focused on lunar travel, the press release also makes mention of the rover eventually driving on Mars. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Japan and Toyota Teaming Up to Make an SUV for the Moon, Maybe Mars," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His character was mentioned briefly in season four, but the mute knight was never seen on-camera ever again after the Battle of Blackwater. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Arya Stark's Kill List May Never Be Complete," 14 May 2019 Electrification is also part of the plan, as 48-volt mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems are mentioned. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Mazda Is Going Big, Planning a New Rear-Wheel-Drive Platform and Inline-Six Engines," 9 May 2019 So to be on the super safe side, be sure to ask if it's not mentioned in the listing. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Survey Found That One in Ten Airbnb Users Have Found Hidden Cameras," 8 May 2019 Ex-Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, the former Lakers guard, already has been frequently mentioned as a potential replacement for Walton due to his obvious ties to James. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons," 13 Apr. 2019 Not to mention that Kylie and Travis Scott aren't helping the baby rumor mill, posting pics with captions referencing a second kid! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Signs That Kylie Jenner is Pregnant," 21 Mar. 2019 He is mentioned in court documents as Huffman's spouse, but not by name, and was not charged. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy Became Involved the College Admissions Scandal," 13 Mar. 2019 However, there's something controversial about Dexter's past that was never mentioned during his audition. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Why 'The Voice' Contestant Dexter Roberts's Past Is Causing Controversy," 11 Mar. 2019 Sundown towns weren’t specifically mentioned in the Green Book. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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