pep·​per·​mint | \ ˈpe-pər-ˌmint How to pronounce peppermint (audio) , -mənt, in rapid speech ˈpep-mənt or -ᵊm-ənt\

Definition of peppermint

1a : a pungent and aromatic mint (Mentha piperita) with dark green lanceolate leaves and whorls of small pink flowers in spikes
b : any of several mints (such as M. arvensis) that are related to the peppermint
2 : candy flavored with peppermint

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Other Words from peppermint

pepperminty \ ˈpe-​pər-​ˌmin-​tē How to pronounce pepperminty (audio) \ adjective

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Grasshopper Frappuccino Mocha Frappuccino Java chips 1-2 pumps peppermint syrup 14. Kate Friedman, Glamour, "Starbucks' Secret Menu Is Real: The 41 Best Things to Order," 30 Mar. 2019 Below, a few items from Saks Fifth Avenue that are sure to help put the peppermint back in your step. Vogue, "Day 11: Hit Reset," 12 Nov. 2018 In the interview, Dewan raved about the natural product line, Savvy Minerals by Young Living, which are infused with peppermint oil. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Way Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum's Daughter Everly Isn't Like Them," 31 Jan. 2019 The Calming Smelling Salts This small, gilded vial is filled with a reinvigorating mix of amethyst and Hawaiian black salts infused with a unique mix of antiviral lavender, patchouli, and peppermint oils designed to ward off germs—and bad energy! Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 Face: Strawberry Facial Cleanser Ingredients: 4-6 ripe strawberries, 2 drops of peppermint oil Uses: Strawberry juice has gentle astringent & bleaching properties and is a great light everyday cleanser. Staff, Woman's Day, "WD on TV: Make Your Own Beauty Products," 20 Jan. 2011 Winter’s warming drinks—hot coffee, hot cocoa, mulled cider, peppermint tea—are also potential triggers. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018 Fiery Aries people tend to run hot (and sometimes hot-headed), so Nicholas recommends anti-inflammatory things (hello, peppermint tea); a prickly-pear hair mask and a handsome comb nod to associations with cacti and the scalp. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 The holidays are all about eating your weight in peppermint bark, listening to cheerful, wintery songs on repeat, and getting a bunch of random holiday cards from your family members. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "This "Riverdale" Cast Holiday Card Puts the Yearly Kardashian Christmas Card To Shame," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of peppermint

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of peppermint was in 1696

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English Language Learners Definition of peppermint

: a plant that produces an oil that is used especially to flavor candies
: a candy flavored with peppermint


pep·​per·​mint | \ ˈpe-pər-ˌmint How to pronounce peppermint (audio) \

Kids Definition of peppermint

1 : a mint plant with small usually purple flowers that yields an oil used especially to flavor candies
2 : a candy flavored with peppermint


pep·​per·​mint | \ -ˌmint, -mənt How to pronounce peppermint (audio) \

Medical Definition of peppermint

: a mint of the genus Mentha (M. piperita) with dark green leaves and spikes of small pink flowers from which an aromatic oil is obtained

Other Words from peppermint

pepperminty \ ˈpep-​ər-​ˌmint-​ē How to pronounce pepperminty (audio) \ adjective

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