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 During the holiday season, Do even ran a peppermint cà phê sua dá dusted with candy cane powder as a special. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2022 The nail set consisted of red and white tips — some painted to look like peppermint candies, others with topped with snowflakes, another with a red jewel. Sara Miranda, Allure, 23 Dec. 2021 The limited edition white chocolate peppermint flavor makes a festive addition to their signature cinnamon cocoa powder. Anna Haines, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 To add an elevated touch to these chewy meringues, dip the edges in melted chocolate and then finely crushed bits of peppermint candies. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 1 Dec. 2021 There's a peppermint shortage taking yet another bite out of holiday traditions. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2021 Like ginger, peppermint has soothing effects on the stomach and can help fight nausea and digestive problems. Lisa Drayer, CNN, 14 Dec. 2021 This organic shea butter is whipped with peppermint essential oil for a cool, refreshing scent and a soothing treatment for itching and mild body pains and aches. Kristen Philipkoski, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Also, desserts such as eggnog cheesecake in gingersnap crust ($40), chocolate peppermint mousse pie ($32), caramel apple almond galette ($35). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of peppermint

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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