\ˈmin(t)s \
minced; mincing

Definition of mince 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut or chop into very small pieces She minced the garlic.

b : to subdivide minutely especially : to damage by cutting up The director minced up the play.

2 : to utter or pronounce with affectation minced the word in the manner of the old lady

3a archaic : minimize

b : to restrain (words) within the bounds of decorum minced no words in stating his dislike— J. T. Farrell

intransitive verb

: to walk with short steps in a prim affected manner The comedian minced across the stage.



Definition of mince (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : small chopped bits (as of food) specifically : mincemeat

2 British : hamburger sense 1a

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Other Words from mince


mincer noun

Synonyms for mince

Synonyms: Verb

chop, dice, hash

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Examples of mince in a Sentence


The recipe says that you should mince the onions. minced some garlic and added it to the stew

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

High-heat methods will burn sensitive ingredients, like sugar, fresh herbs and minced garlic. Justin Ward, San Antonio Express-News, "Does marinating meat overnight really make a difference?," 3 July 2018 Serve in cups, bowls and garnished with a bit of the diced bell peppers, diced cucumbers, minced garlic and green onion slices. Susan Selasky, ajc, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 3 July 2018 Serve in cups, bowls and garnished with a bit of the diced bell peppers, diced cucumbers, minced garlic and green onion slices. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 27 June 2018 Add Worcestershire or teriyaki sauce and minced garlic; stir to combine. Bryn Mooth, Cincinnati.com, "Cooking with gas: Up your outdoor cooking game just in time for summer," 14 June 2018 Add minced pineapple to a large pot with sugar, lemon quarters and 3 cups water. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Pineapple Squash drink," 3 July 2018 Harris minced back to the dugout while shaking his head. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Balk secures Astros' first four-game sweep of Rangers," 11 June 2018 In a medium pot, cook 1 large chopped onion, 1 small chopped green bell pepper, 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 teaspoon dried oregano in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 6 minutes or until softened. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 30 Mar. 2018 Sweet potato-greens bowl Recipe: Sauté ¾ cup cooked, diced sweet potato, 1 clove minced garlic, 2 tsp canola oil, 1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce, and ½ tsp maple syrup. Redbook, "The Foodie Cleanse: Day 1," 1 Jan. 2014

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Vegetarians can use grated organic tempeh, extra veggies and a handful of walnuts in place of beef mince. Time, "Weekend Recipe: A Quick, Tasty and Healthy Spaghetti Bolognese," 4 May 2018 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin didn’t mince words in announcing the sanctions. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Trump administration is taking a tougher line on Russia than Trump," 12 June 2018 Practice knife skills such as how to chop, dice and mince. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 The Enquirer/Meg Vogel CINCINNATI — Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber didn’t mince words Tuesday afternoon. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Don Garber: Detroit's 2020 MLS bid hindered by choosing Ford Field," 29 May 2018 This Bolognese is also great using turkey mince for those who prefer a lighter meat. Time, "Weekend Recipe: A Quick, Tasty and Healthy Spaghetti Bolognese," 4 May 2018 Walker, the federal judge who invalidated Florida’s right to vote scheme for felons as arbitrary and discriminatory, didn’t mince words in his landmark decision. Steve Bousquet, Emily L. Mahoney And Lawrence Mower, miamiherald, "Federal judge, Florida governor keep clashing | Miami Herald," 2 Feb. 2018 Remove from the skillet and, when cool enough to handle, mince and set aside. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Delicious veggie tacos for Cinco de Mayo," 27 Apr. 2018 John Markoff, the veteran New York Times technology reporter, didn’t mince words about what’s been going on in the tech sector for decades. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "“Threats,” “Ultimatums,” and “Espionage”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Spy Wars," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mince


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mince


Middle English, from Anglo-French mincer, from Vulgar Latin *minutiare, from Latin minutia smallness — more at minutia


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English Language Learners Definition of mince

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cut (food) into very small pieces

: to walk with quick, short steps in a way that does not seem natural and that is often meant to be funny



English Language Learners Definition of mince (Entry 2 of 2)

; also : ground meat of a specified kind


\ˈmins \
minced; mincing

Kids Definition of mince

1 : to cut or chop into very small pieces minced onion

2 : to act or speak in an unnaturally dainty way Little Jehu came mincing in, a glitter of bright colors.— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain

3 : to phrase comments in such a way as to not cause offense I'll not mince words with you; you know you lied.

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