noun mon·de·green \ˈmän-də-ˌgrēn\

Definition of mondegreen

  1. :  a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung <“very close veins” is a mondegreen for “varicose veins”>

Origin and Etymology of mondegreen

from the mishearing in a Scottish ballad of “laid him on the green” as “Lady Mondegreen”

First Known Use: 1954

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