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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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

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 Tech issues received nary a mention in last night's debate, except for a few brief references to intellectual property theft in China. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Venture capitalists aren't laughing about Andrew Yang's 'freedom dividend' proposal," 13 Sep. 2019 Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur, spoke eloquently about immigration and assured himself a mention with his proposal to give 10 families $1,000 a month, from his campaign. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Key takeaways from the Democratic candidates’ debate," 13 Sep. 2019 After delivering a speech and meeting guests, Meghan made a sweet mention of baby Archie before heading home, according to The Sunday Times' royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle "Had to Get Back to the Baby" After the Smart Works Launch," 12 Sep. 2019 Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur, spoke eloquently about immigration and assured himself a mention with his proposal to give 10 families $1,000 a month, from his campaign. Bill Barrow And Nicholas Riccardi,, "Here are key takeaways from the third Democratic presidential debate," 12 Sep. 2019 Grant was celebrated for his actions, and covered by media outlets nationwide, including a short mention by TIME. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "He Was Wounded in the El Paso Shooting and Lauded for His Bravery. Now Police Say His Heroic Story Isn't True," 11 Sep. 2019 That connection for Australians between the land and sport is echoed in commentary, including a mention of marngrook, a ball game played by Indigenous Australians for hundreds of years that some historians have linked to the origins of Aussie Rules. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Australian Dream': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 None of them warrant a mention in discussions of racial hierarchies. New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 2019 The plan was met with a skeptical reception by Trump, and the White House paid only a cursory mention of the Gulf in its official readout of the lunch meeting. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Economic storm clouds hovering over Trump and global leaders," 24 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Colombia’s revolutionary army FARC is never explicitly mentioned, neither is the purpose of holding the Doctora nor explanations for how each member of this low-ranking team came to form part of it. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Heaven, Earth and war collide in Alejandro Landes’ visceral ‘Monos’," 12 Sep. 2019 In Democratic circles, she’s been mentioned as a potential replacement if 85-year-old Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White decides to retire instead of serving out a full term. Ray Long,, "Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal patronage’ operation, wants court oversight," 11 Sep. 2019 The Watch Series 4 appears to have gone the way of the iPhone X; it wasn't mentioned during the launch event. Wired, "Apple Watch Series 5: Same Watch, More Face," 10 Sep. 2019 Apple Other small updates were mentioned in passing, including FaceID now working at wider angles, and the phone will feature Wifi 6, the newest, fastest wireless internet standard. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at today’s September event," 10 Sep. 2019 Warming temperatures, increased fire danger and a shrinking snowpack in the Sierra were all issues mentioned last year in the league’s State of Redwoods Conservation Report. Peter Fimrite,, "Biggest private sequoia grove to be preserved in deal with Redwoods League," 17 Sep. 2019 Then there was the 9-year-old boy mentioned in that prescient June 24 email. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Missed phone calls, changing stories: How E. coli spread at the San Diego County Fair," 17 Sep. 2019 Tuesday and Wednesday are important game-week practice days for the Cardinals, Satterfield mentioned on Saturday. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Will Jawon Pass or Malik Cunningham start for Louisville football vs. Florida State?," 16 Sep. 2019 The Harbor Patrol operates under development permits from 1995 and 2008 that explicitly mention maintaining public access to the beach and docks via water and land. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "County seeks after-the-fact permission for Harbor Patrol changes to dock and beach access in Newport," 14 Sep. 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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23 Oct 2019

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

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How to pronounce mention (audio)

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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