\ 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

Add 3 cloves garlic, minced; cook until golden, about 1 minute. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Lively white wines pair with rich shrimp-feta spaghetti dish," 21 Mar. 2018 In a nonstick skillet, cook 1 clove garlic (minced), 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper and 1/4 cup chopped celery for 5 minutes or until softened. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 5 Jan. 2018 Add 1 clove garlic, minced, 2 cups corn kernels and 3 red or orange bell peppers, diced, and cook to soften, 3 minutes more. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Everyone’s Secret-Favorite Thanksgiving Dish," 8 Nov. 2018 Omarosa Manigault-Newman minces no words in a forthcoming tell-all about her White House days, reportedly going so far as to question President Trump's mental state. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Omarosa lashes out at Trump, alleges 'mental decline' in new book," 3 Aug. 2018 Mix minced garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl; rub all over pork. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Garlic and Rosemary Roast Pork," 8 Feb. 2012 The New York Times speculates that the shredder's jaws weren't enough to mince up the canvas, whereas paper would have been an easier job. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Look Inside Banksy's $1.4 Million Paper Shredder," 18 Oct. 2018 In an interview at Lincoln Center, Ms. Bouder, who doesn’t mince words, talked about the risks of broaching this subject from inside a large, highly competitive company. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "Ashley Bouder, the Feminist Ballerina With a Mission," 29 June 2018 Arian Foster delivers strong opinions and doesn't mince words. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Arian Foster on Texans' DeAndre Hopkins: 'Best receiver in NFL'," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Interested in the royal recipe for mince pies or ginger Christmas biscuits? Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Listen to Prince Charles Read an Excerpt from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol," 17 Dec. 2018 By some estimates, 370 million mince pies are sold each year—that’s more than five times the U.K. population—with millions more made in homes. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "What Your Holiday Table Has Been Missing," 12 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, mince soaked bread and 10 ounces reserved chicken meat and skin. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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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

Verb and Noun

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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