\ ˈmin(t)s How to pronounce mince (audio) \
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

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Examples of mince in a Sentence

Verb The recipe says that you should mince the onions. minced some garlic and added it to the stew
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Linda Ronstadt, who didn't mince words during a State Department dinner for Kennedy Center honorees. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for December 9: North Korea, impeachment, Ukraine, global trade, Hong Kong," 9 Dec. 2019 My favorite French lentils 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup diced onion 1 clove of garlic, mincedSea salt and pepper 1 rib celery, diced 1 large carrot, diced 2 cups French green lentils, rinsed 4 cups vegetable stock 2 bay leaves 1. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "These veggie-packed wintertime recipes fill you up without weighing you down | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Feb. 2018 Finely mince the grapefruit zest, parsley and chives and add to a bowl. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Bresaola with Grapefruit and Lettuce," 27 Nov. 2019 The study/joint commentary in the Lancet doesn't mince words on the enormity of the task. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Health Experts Think We Could Eradicate Malaria by 2050: Brainstorm Health," 9 Sep. 2019 Never one to mince his words, Iacocca once derided the orange Datsun of then-Wall Street Journal reporter and current Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine. Ben Muessig, latimes.com, "California Inc.: A sale for the record books," 8 July 2019 On another visit, the pesce marinato had disappeared from the raw-bar menu, giving way to a tuna crudo with smoked egg, caperberries and olives, finely minced atop the jewel-like tiles of tuna. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 The beef: chilled, minced by hand, elevated by dabs of piquant flavors, dolloped on thin toasts or potato chips. . Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 Video game creators are often reluctant to talk politics, but Kojima doesn’t mince words. Time, "What Hideo Kojima Wants You to Learn From Death Stranding," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These petite rodents were once considered a delicacy—especially when stuffed with pork mince, seasoned and baked, as the Romans often did (and as the Croatians and Slovenians still do today). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dine Like a Doomed Pompeiian at This Upscale Eatery," 27 Dec. 2019 Savory pies and Christmas puddings All grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas are toxic to dogs; as are foods that contain them – which means no mince pies for your pooch. 3. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "10 Christmas hazards all pet owners should be aware of," 12 Dec. 2019 Dishes include pea soup, roast beef with sherry sauce and Yorkshire pudding and, for dessert, warm mince pies. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The holiday food events in Indianapolis you don't want to miss this Christmas," 21 Nov. 2019 Here’s a look at what the national (and international) media are saying: TSN’s Frank Seravalli didn’t mince words in his bold predictions: The Colorado Avalanche will hoist the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Are the Avalanche legit Stanley Cup contenders? Here’s what the national media has to say.," 3 Oct. 2019 Phillips spends too much time letting Phoenix squirm and mince for the camera – and feels much longer than its 122-minute running time. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "That joke isn’t funny anymore: ‘Joker’ is a grim disappointment," 2 Oct. 2019 For a spicier slaw, mince and add the jalapeño ribs and seeds. Washington Post, "Can you have a Baja-style fish taco with just veggies? Sure," 22 July 2019 The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab tested how evenly food processors were able to dice onions, mince parsley, grind parmesan cheese, slice tomatoes, shred carrots and mozzarella, and knead dough. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts," 1 Feb. 2019 It was prepared by gutting the mouse, filling it with pork mince, and baking it. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Stuffed Dormouse and Fish Gut Sauce: The Flavors of Pompeii," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of mince was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

6 Jan 2020

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“Mince.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mince. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mince

: 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


\ ˈmins How to pronounce mince (audio) \
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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