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

From the start, there are numerous mentions of the poet’s wife and sons. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New collection brings together Alaska poet John Morgan’s impressive early work," 9 Sep. 2019 Bournemouth have already shipped eight goals, so perhaps their whole back four deserve an honourable mention here., "Bournemouth Premier League Month in Review: August - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 8 Sep. 2019 Messing leads Top Actors on the strength of 428,000 Twitter likes and 150,000 mentions on the service, plus 92,000 retweets and 24,000 new followers. Kevin Rutherford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Social Climbers Charts: Debra Messing Rules Top Actors Amid Trump Spat," 7 Sep. 2019 La Jolla 28, Santa Fe Christian 14 For the 15 seniors on La Jolla High’s football team, the mention of Santa Fe Christian brought a bitter taste to their mouths. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla savors payback in win over Santa Fe Christian," 6 Sep. 2019 No mention was made of Widmer’s role in the CBA or its future. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Widmer parent Craft Brew Alliance could be ‘blown up and rebuilt,’ CEO says," 5 Sep. 2019 The rising Johnny's boy band's fourth single and theme song of a movie starring member Sho Hirano sold 385,303 CDs to lead physical sales and look-ups, while also faring well in Twitter mentions (No. 2) and radio airplay (No. 8). Billboard Japan, Billboard, "King & Prince Debut at No. 1, King Gnu Returns to Top 10 on Japan Hot 100," 4 Sep. 2019 There was no mention of the show being possibly rescheduled. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Tony Bennett cancels Bay Area, Seattle shows due to illness," 3 Sep. 2019 All the principal actors delight, though special mention must be made of Amy Sue Hardy, who beautifully shows how Mother’s generous heart overrules her sense of convention. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Ragtime’: Garden production is an American must-see | Review," 2 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sure, no one has a monopoly on colors, as Charles mentioned later. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "James Charles accuses Wet n Wild of copying his eyeshadow palette," 7 Sep. 2019 As mentioned above, USC (-3, -110) became a more balanced team last year and going into the season this year. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Stanford Cardinal at USC Trojans odds, picks and best bets," 6 Sep. 2019 As Connie McAllister mentions yoga, Kelly arches her arms up into a yoga pose and smiles. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield parents propose a residential facility for people living with disabilities, like their daughter," 6 Sep. 2019 Another, as mentioned in Trump’s Tuesday tweet, is legislation to lower prescription drug prices. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "Trump Heads Into 2020 With No Clear Policy Agenda. But It May Not Matter.," 4 Sep. 2019 As Patterson mentioned, there are things to clean up. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's new offense and Shea Patterson are a perfect fit," 1 Sep. 2019 As mentioned above, the TV series finishes off with him starting a car shop with Henry Talbot. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Where Did Downton Abbey Leave Off Before the Film?," 1 Sep. 2019 As mentioned above, cannabis and CBD possess numerous medically and therapeutically beneficial properties. Nicole Skrobin,, "Cannabis: Optimal treatment method for post-concussion syndrome symptoms," 30 Aug. 2019 As mentioned before, the restaurant is small, about 40 seats. Beth Segal,, "Thyme Table: Sage decisions can make for a great meal in Bay Village," 30 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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concealment of treason or felony

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