from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A place where the coins of a country are manufactured by authority of the government.
  • noun A place or source of manufacture or invention.
  • noun An abundant amount, especially of money.
  • transitive verb To produce (money) by stamping metal; coin.
  • transitive verb To invent or fabricate.
  • adjective Undamaged as if freshly minted.
  • noun A member of the mint family.
  • noun Any of various rhizomatous plants of the genus Mentha of the mint family, characteristically having nearly regular white or purple flowers. Some species are cultivated for their aromatic oil and foliage.
  • noun The leaves of some of these plants, used as a seasoning.
  • noun Any of various similar or related plants, such as the stone mint.
  • noun A candy flavored with natural or artificial mint flavoring.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To aim; purpose; endeavor.
  • To insinuate; hint.
  • noun A coin; coin; coined money; money.
  • noun A place where money is coined by public authority.
  • noun Figuratively, a source of fabrication or invention.
  • noun A quantity such as a mint turns out; a great supply or store: as, a mint of money.
  • noun [capitalized] A place of privilege or asylum in Southwark, London, near the Queen's Prison, where persons sheltered themselves from justice, under the pretext that this place was an ancient palace of the crown. (Rapalje and Lawrence.) The privilege is now abolished.
  • noun The crisped or curled mint, Mentha crispa.
  • noun The catmint or catnip.
  • noun The horsemint, M. longifolia.
  • noun The bergamot-mint, M. citrata.
  • noun Spearmint.
  • noun The Oswego tea, Monarda didyma.
  • noun The wood-calamint, Clinopodium Calamintha.
  • noun A plant of the genus Mentha.
  • noun One of several other, mostly labiate, plants with mint-like properties. Compare catmint.
  • To coin; stamp and convert into money.
  • To invent; forge; fabricate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The name of several aromatic labiate plants, mostly of the genus Mentha, yielding odoriferous essential oils by distillation. See mentha.
  • noun (Chem.) See Menthol.
  • noun See Julep.
  • noun a sauce flavored with spearmint, for meats.
  • noun A place where money is coined by public authority.
  • noun Any place regarded as a source of unlimited supply; the supply itself.
  • noun A large quantity of money.
  • transitive verb To make by stamping, as money; to coin; to make and stamp into money.
  • transitive verb To invent; to forge; to fabricate; to fashion.
  • transitive verb a coining press.
  • adjective Like new; in brand-new condition; unworn, as a coin recently made at a mint{1}.
  • adjective (Numismatics) Uncirculated; in the same condition as when it was freshly coined at the mint{1}.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A building or institution where money (originally, only coins) is produced under government licence.
  • noun informal A large amount of money. A vast sum or amount, etc.
  • verb transitive To reproduce (coins), usually en masse, under licence.
  • adjective Of condition, as new.
  • adjective numismatics In near-perfect condition; uncirculated.
  • adjective philately Unused with original gum; as issued originally.
  • adjective slang Very good.
  • verb intransitive, provincial, Northern England, Scotland To try, attempt; take aim.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English mynet, coin, from Latin monēta; see money.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English minte, from Old English, from Germanic *minta, from Latin menta, possibly from Greek minthē.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English mynt, münet ("money, coin"), from Old English mynet ("coin, money"), from Proto-Germanic *munitan, *munitō (“coin”), from Latin monēta ("place for making coins, coined money"), from the temple of Juno Moneta (named for Monēta mother of the Muses), where coins were made; akin to Dutch munt ("currency, coin, mint"), German Münze ("coin, coinage, mint"), Danish mønt ("coin"), and to Russian монета ("coin").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English minten, from Old English myntan ("to mean, intend, purpose, determine, resolve"), from Proto-Germanic *muntanan, *muntijanan (“to think, consider”), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā- (“to think”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian mintsje, muntsje ("to aim, target"), Dutch munten ("to aim at, target"), Dutch monter ("cheerful, gladsome, spry"), Gothic 𐌼𐌿𐌽𐍃 (muns, "thought, opinion"), Old English munan ("to be mindful of, consider, intend"). More at mind.


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  • In book collecting, describes an absolutely perfect copy; a copy as perfect as the day it was issued.

    February 25, 2008

  • I think this WeirdNet definition is borrowed from lot: you can make a mint, i.e. a lot, but does anyone talk about a mint of even wealth, let alone other things?

    September 29, 2008