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

No mention of policy was made as faith leaders from all over Anchorage took the mic, leading the gathering in prayers for the victims’ families, repentance on the part of the nation, and intervention for potential future shooters. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "For Anchorage faith community, healing from mass shootings comes through human connection," 11 Aug. 2019 Also worthy of mention is Marcia Ball, the Orange native, who has been a fixture in Texas clubs for decades. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Living Blues honors Trudy Lynn, other local blues musicians," 9 Aug. 2019 Three of the show's 13 noms are hers — not only this one for acting, but also producing and writing mentions. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Weighing the Odds in the Lead Comedy and Drama Actress Races," 8 Aug. 2019 Trump this week did not discuss gun-control legislation or mention 8chan or other hate sites by name. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "White House invites tech companies to discussion of violent online extremism," 7 Aug. 2019 Trump this week did not discuss gun-control legislation or mention 8chan or other hate sites by name. Drew Harwell,, "White House invites tech companies to discussion of violent online extremism," 7 Aug. 2019 Swifties weren't thrilled about the seemingly negative shade toward performing on the tour, and bombarded her Instagram comment section and Twitter mentions in defense. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Charli XCX Clarifies Taylor Swift Reputation Tour Comments," 6 Aug. 2019 But the fleeting mention did not lead to further chants. Jonathan Lemire And Dan Sewell,, "At Cincinnati rally, Trump tears into Democratic foils, decries ‘wasted money’ on inner cities," 1 Aug. 2019 As President Donald Trump continued his dayslong Twitter bombardment of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore Democrat issued his monthly district newsletter Wednesday with advice for coping with the summer heat — but no mention of the president. Jeff Barker,, "Elijah Cummings’ July newsletter ignores President Trump in favor of summer weather, other topics," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

State media reports initially refrained from mentioning the demonstrations, amid heavy censorship, as is usual for anti-government actions anywhere in China. James Griffiths, CNN, "Thousands of protesters shut down Hong Kong airport as Beijing condemns 'terrorism'," 12 Aug. 2019 Since earlier this year, the Trump administration has limited the number of people who can seek asylum along the southern border, forcing people like the 18-year-old mentioned above and more than 20,000 others, to wait in Mexico. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech," 11 Aug. 2019 Finally, some of the region’s most famous wines don’t mention the Mâcon on the label at all; winedrinkers may never realize that St. Véran, Viré-Clessé, and most notably, Pouilly-Fuissé are Mâconnais wines. Fortune, "Wine Drinkers Should Pay More Attention to This Lesser-Known Spot in Burgundy," 10 Aug. 2019 During his Iowa trip, Biden has projected the confidence of a front-runner, rarely mentioning his primary opponents and even sitting in the front row at a state party dinner Friday night, applauding as his rivals spoke ahead of his concluding spot. Bill Barrow, The Denver Post, "Biden is still the Democrat to beat, but rivals see weakness," 10 Aug. 2019 The questions Abeler mentioned refer to a chain of events that occurred over the past month. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "MN Republicans to press for answers about DHS leadership turnover, overpayments to tribes," 9 Aug. 2019 If your child’s fears or worries fit the criteria of an anxiety disorder mentioned above, discuss it with his pediatrician or a mental health provider. Tamekia Reece, Good Housekeeping, "How to Spot and Treat Anxiety in Kids, According to Child Psychologists," 7 Aug. 2019 The vote also prompted a discussion about measuring city staff time, since Pietig mentioned an alternative to the additional cost recovery fee would be to bill the Laguna Beach Co. for all staff hours devoted to the projects. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach to recover all of its costs related to processing a slew of major developments," 7 Aug. 2019 The policy outlines mentioned by the president were scattershot at best - many of them unlikely, poorly defined or marginal in impact. Author: Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: When a divisive leader aims to act as the nation’s healer after mass shootings," 6 Aug. 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 usually brief trip or an expedition

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