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 peppermint (audio) \ adjective

Examples of peppermint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This starter set of essential oils is a personal favorite of mine and includes six different scents: lemongrass, peppermint, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 6 Jan. 2021 Existing research suggests that various essential oils such as ginger, eucalyptus, peppermint, rose, and lavender may help reduce pain and anxiety. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "To take the most relaxing bath ever, add some healthy tips," 3 Jan. 2021 On one end, there are the craft cans, like Troop, Onda, Cutwater Spirits, and Fick's, and on the other hand, there's peppermint pattie Bud Light seltzer, Truly Extra Hard, and the very smashable Loverboy hard tea. Hannah Rimm,, "Why Was 2020 So *Hard*?," 30 Dec. 2020 Cinnamon, clove, ginger, orange, peppermint and sandalwood. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Cleansing Rituals to Try for The New Year," 28 Dec. 2020 Frontier’s line also includes other flavors, such as almond, lemon and peppermint. Washington Post, "How to substitute for alcohol in cooking and baking," 23 Dec. 2020 Or frankincense and myrrh -- two of the holiday fragrances, along with peppermint vanilla and pure noel. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Give the holiday gift of frankincense and myrrh -- made in Rocky River," 15 Dec. 2020 Top with crushed peppermint candies and chocolate sprinkles. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Peppermint ice cream recipe with 5 simple ingredients," 15 Dec. 2020 Varieties include plain and salted chocolate, but the specialty flavors — s’mores and peppermint — are exceptional stunners. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Beautiful hot chocolate orbs are the bomb — literally," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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“Peppermint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 peppermint (audio) \ adjective

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