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

Other Words from mention


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 There is scant mention of Jewish trailblazers, Sunset Boulevard director Billy Wilder being an exception. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 14 Jan. 2022 Both Dowds and Ingram mention that they were taken by what an interesting, independent character Bakker was. Ramin Zahed, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 And most of all, there’s the actual mention of what the day is all about. Tom Nichols, The Atlantic, 15 Dec. 2021 In all those lists of qualities that a great leader should be, none mention one obvious, and yet key to being a great leader: to lead. Darren A. Smith, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Honorable mention: Audrey Griffin (Scott), Emma Manser (Campbell County), Azaria Sweet (Boone County), Brittney Tackett (SK), Alexis Woolf (Ryle). James Weber, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2021 Here’s an actual mention of Weide in one of Vonnegut’s final books. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 18 Nov. 2021 No mention of Aaron Rodgers and the COVID-19 vaccine controversy. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 The communique, however, also left out any mention of the party's past mistakes, including a deadly famine and a decade of political and social turmoil unleashed by Mao -- disasters partly caused by the fervent cult of personality surrounding him. Nectar Gan And Steve George, CNN, 12 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The commerce secretary, Gina Raimondo, called for Congress to pass the bill weeks ago, although Mr. Biden did not mention the initiative in his prepared remarks on Wednesday. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Though the court documents filed in Los Angeles do not mention Autopilot by name, the agency is expected to soon post findings reflecting that the technology was engaged. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2022 McDonough said the course did not mention intersex individuals. Alexie Zollinger, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Jan. 2022 Da Silva did not mention in the statement, how customers would be reimbursed for the cancellations. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 At no time during that interaction did the off-duty soldiers mention a missing person, a spokesman for the national park told Army Times shortly after the recording of the 911 call was made public. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 13 Jan. 2022 Coca-Cola declined to comment, directing The Post to an executive’s testimony at the same congressional hearing last year, which detailed Coca-Cola’s commitment to human rights but did not mention China. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 But it was noted during cross-examination that Posey didn’t mention any of that to the now-defunct Independent Police Review Authority, which initially investigated the case. Jeremy Gorner,, 5 Jan. 2022 Even teachers that don’t actually mention their stress to the class manifest it in a thousand small ways that young people can observe. Mark C. Perna, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Mention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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