\ ˈmē How to pronounce mi (audio) \

Definition of mi

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the third note of the major scale in solfège


abbreviation (1)

Definition of mi (Entry 2 of 3)

1 mile; miles
2 mill


abbreviation (2)

Definition of MI (Entry 3 of 3)

1 Michigan
2 military intelligence
3 myocardial infarction

Examples of mi in a Sentence


do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While most of the Santa Cruz author’s previous books have had a more singular focus on Vietnamese dishes like pho and banh mi or more general Asian preparations like tofu and dumplings, this one takes an Everywoman’s approach to her native cuisine. SFChronicle.com, "Our favorite cookbooks of 2019, so far," 21 June 2019 Team Liquid, the industry’s largest squad, with more than 65 pro gamers competing in 14 different games, has an on-site chef at its training facility in Santa Monica, Calif., whipping together healthy meals like roasted chicken banh mi salad. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "‘My Arms Were Really Skinny.’ Professional Videogamers Are Working Out," 11 Oct. 2018 Before that trip, going out for Vietnamese food had meant banh mi sandwiches or pho, the ubiquitous beef noodle soup. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Matta blazes a new trail for Vietnamese food in Portland," 20 June 2019 This will cause an ice berg measuring between 580 and 660 sq mi (1500 - 1700 sq km) and up to 820 feet (250 m) thick to break free from the Antarctic continent into the Weddell Sea. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Iceberg Twice the Size of Manhattan Soon to Break Free of Antarctic Shelf," 8 Apr. 2019 Take advantage of the Insta-ready outdoor patio and cool down a banh mi taco with A New Chapter (rum, pineapple, roasted tomato, lime). Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019 The Central District banh-mi spot Mr. Saigon has expanded to downtown and is eyeing a third location in Pioneer Square. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 For lunchtime, Hannah hits up the local farmers market for some kale to make a salmon banh mi bowl, a recipe from her new cookbook Do What Feels Good. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Hannah Bronfman Eats in a Day," 24 Jan. 2019 In November, a Danish asset management group called Momentum Gruppen recommissioned five turbines at a 20-year-old offshore wind farm located 4km (2.5 mi) off the coast of Sweden. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Offshore, Act Two: New owner repowers 20-year-old wind farm off Swedish coast," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mi


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mi


Medieval Latin, from the syllable sung to this note in a medieval hymn to St. John the Baptist

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English Language Learners Definition of mi

music : the third note of a musical scale


\ ˈmē How to pronounce mi (audio) \

Kids Definition of mi

: the third note of the musical scale

Kids Definition of mi.

1 mile
2 miles

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Medical Definition of MI

1 mitral incompetence; mitral insufficiency
2 myocardial infarction

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