1

mince

play
verb \ˈmin(t)s\

Definition of mince

minced

;

mincing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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.

  3. 2 :  to utter or pronounce with affectation minced the word in the manner of the old lady

  4. 3a archaic :  minimizeb :  to restrain (words) within the bounds of decorum minced no words in stating his dislike — J. T. Farrell

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

mincer

noun

Examples of mince in a Sentence

  1. The recipe says that you should mince the onions.

  2. minced some garlic and added it to the stew

Recent Examples of mince from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mince'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of mince

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


2

mince

noun

Definition of mince

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

  2. 2 British :  hamburger 1a

Recent Examples of mince from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mince'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of mince

see 1mince



MINCE Defined for English Language Learners

mince

play
verb

Definition of mince for English Language Learners

  • : 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

mince

noun

Definition of mince for English Language Learners

  • ; also : ground meat of a specified kind


MINCE Defined for Kids

mince

play
verb \ˈmins\

Definition of mince for Students

minced

;

mincing

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

  2. 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. 3 :  to phrase comments in such a way as to not cause offense I'll not mince words with you; you know you lied.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mince? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

set in a bent position

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!