\ˈmē \

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

The boys and their coach, members of the Moo Paa (Wild Boar) Academy football club, are believed to be trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, a 6-8 km (4-5 mi) long cavern that is comprised of large chambers connected by narrower passageways. Eli Meixler, Time, "Thai Divers Continue the Search For 12 Boys and Their Coach Trapped in a Flooded Cave. Here’s What to Know," 26 June 2018 Visitors can expect fried, light-your-mouth-on-fire hot chicken from Hattie B's; savory pork meatball banh mi with pickled vegetables and sriracha mayo from Lardo; and Vietnamese iced coffee and donut sandwiches from District Donuts. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Epic Food Hall Gives You A Whole New Reason To Visit Las Vegas," 10 Aug. 2018 The menu includes a number of non-burger choices and sides: a seafood salad sandwich, mac and cheese, salads, a banh mi. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Polly Campbell found her favorite burger in Cincinnati," 6 July 2018 See a bit of his LA prom performance here: ¡Gracias Bellmont High por dejarnos a @AXE y a mi ir a tu fiesta de prom! Justino Aguila, Billboard, "Danny Ocean Gears Up for Debut Album & New Single After 'Me Rehuso' Success 'Changed Everything'," 30 May 2018 There was a roasted turkey and swiss sandwich, a Philly cheesesteak panini, a buffalo chicken wrap, a chicken banh mi, an Italian hero, a Thai chicken wrap, a chicken Caesar salad, and a layered quinoa veggie salad. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Amtrak revamps its food and beverage menu," 15 June 2018 Overnight, electricians installed a power line 1 km (.6 mi) into the cave to support the divers with electric lights and fans Tuesday. Eli Meixler, Time, "Thai Divers Continue the Search For 12 Boys and Their Coach Trapped in a Flooded Cave. Here’s What to Know," 26 June 2018 There’s banh mi and matcha lattes, great Neapolitan pizza, fermentation labs, fine dining tasting menus, and some of Europe’s best cocktails. Kat Odell, Vogue, "Where to Find the Fruits of Prague’s Food Revolution," 7 July 2018 Another banh mi restaurant, Mai Bistro, opened in late 2017 a few blocks east on Colonial Drive. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Combo French bakery and banh mi restaurant opening in Mills 50," 6 June 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


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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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