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 mention (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 mention (audio) \ adjective
mentioner \ ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce mention (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 charter makes no mention of allowing other degrees that include courses in law enforcement or criminal justice. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Here’s why the Budish administration says it twice advanced unqualified candidate for Cuyahoga County sheriff," 4 Jan. 2021 The amendment, the fourth since the controversial partnership between Pavilion Partners and the state agency became public in February 2015, makes no mention of an adjacent banquet center originally announced in the proposal. Amy Lavalley,, "Indiana Dunes pavilion opening set for May, but fate of banquet hall unknown," 28 Dec. 2020 The bill makes no mention of congressional pay raises. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Coronavirus relief package does not include congressional pay raise," 25 Dec. 2020 The city makes no mention of COVID-19 protocols in its lawsuit., "Bare-knuckle brawl breaks out between San Antonio strip club, city," 9 Dec. 2020 Dylan’s official website usually touts his latest endeavors, but makes no mention of this collection. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Just released 1970 Bob Dylan album features his sessions with George Harrison," 3 Dec. 2020 The email makes no mention of K-12 education bills in light of the provision in the Washington Constitution which mandates that education be funded. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington lawmakers advised to limit bills in party email," 3 Dec. 2020 In The Crown's fourth season, Queen Elizabeth makes mention of Lord Altrincham, the center of the plot of a previous season. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Lord Altrincham Changed the Monarchy Forever," 16 Nov. 2020 The website makes no mention of such a declaration. Washington Post, "A woman died of coronavirus on a plane. Her fellow passengers were never notified.," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not to mention, the 14-story luxury building that sits at 70 Vestry St. was built by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern and outfitted by designer Daniel Romualdez. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's Sprawling Massachusetts Mansion and NYC Apartment Have Both Sold," 6 Jan. 2021 Other platforms such as Mirror, Tonal, and Tempo are also likely to follow suit with more offerings, not to mention the other brands that are sure to pop up in the coming months. Shauna Harrison, SELF, "Fitness Changed Big in 2020. Here’s What It Means for Us Going Forward," 5 Jan. 2021 From pop to hip-hop to alternative to K-pop to country, the choices made available feel endless -- not to mention vinyl, re-releases and collectible editions. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Looking Ahead: A Release Calendar For Upcoming Albums," 4 Jan. 2021 Not to mention that wolves are populous in Idaho and hunters can pick up a tag for $31.75. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, "5 Western Muzzleloader Hunts To Put On Your Calendar," 4 Jan. 2021 The Chiefs can match the 2011 Packers with the best record by a Super Bowl champion with a win, not to mention break the franchise record by winning their 11th consecutive game. Mark Heim |, al, "Chargers vs. Chiefs live stream (1/3): How to watch NFL Week 17 online, TV, time," 3 Jan. 2021 All that costs money, not to mention the makeup and costumes that come with performing regularly. Dallas News, "‘It’s a struggle’: How Dallas’ drag queens are making it work in the COVID-19 pandemic," 3 Jan. 2021 Oil prices tanked, the Canadian border closed, tourism dropped, seasonal fishing was complicated by travel restrictions, and cruise ships no longer lined the state's shores — not to mention the rising case numbers. NBC News, "Food banks fear possible end of USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program," 1 Jan. 2021 There was a natural amount of disappointment with not advancing to the state-title game after falling to Aledo, not to mention a controversial no-call near the end. Alexis Cubit, USA TODAY, "A winning legacy: Shallowater’s Chuck Darden shares love of coaching with sons," 31 Dec. 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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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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