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men·​tion ˈmen(t)-shən How to pronounce mention (audio)
: 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.
: formal citation (see citation sense 3) for outstanding achievement
The journalist received special mention for her reportage on the recent advances in cancer research.


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

transitive verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
There is no additional mention of the second suspect in the report. Miss. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 17 July 2024 There also was no mention of its pledge to lower the voting age from 18 to 16, though the government still plans to do it before the next election. Fox News, 17 July 2024
Actress and muse Mary Martin starred in the award-winning pair’s final production, The Sound of Music, which debuted on Broadway in 1959 and landed the creative duo five Tony awards, not to mention a wildly popular film adaptation starring Julie Andrews. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 17 July 2024 As previously mentioned, Oscar winners Curtis and Colman were both nominated for their work on The Bear, with Meryl Streep securing a nom in the category of Comedy Supporting Actress for her work on Only Murders in the Building. Matt Grobar, Deadline, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for mention 

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
men·​tion ˈmen-chən How to pronounce mention (audio)
: a brief or passing reference to something


2 of 2 verb
mentioned; mentioning ˈmench-(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce mention (audio)
: to refer to or speak about briefly
mentionable adjective

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