Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Small and cute; pretty in a delicate way; dainty.
  • n. One of the court favourites of Henry III.
  • n. A cute person; a pretty child.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See 3d minion.
  • transitive v. To flatter.

Etymologies

From French mignon, from Middle French mignon ("lover, darling, favourite"), from Old French mignot ("dainty, pleasing, gentle, kind"), from Frankish *minnjo ("love, friendship, affection, memory"), from Proto-Germanic *minþijō, *mindijō (“affectionate thought, care”), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā- (“to think”). Cognate with Old High German minnja ("love, care, affection, desire, memory"), Old Saxon minnea ("love"). More at mind. Compare also minion and Dutch minnen ("to love"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He attached a tiny light called a mignon lamp to the end of a rod that he inserted into his scopes.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The chef does an excellent job of grilling Café Olé's filet mignon, which is not only practically fork tender, it also has rich flavor and was grilled to order.

    Queens Gazette

  • “It may not have been filet mignon, but you sure enough ate this week!”

    American Grace

  • All I know is I went there on a Saturday evening and being from the coast ordered a fillet mignon (medium) instead of seafood ... when it arrived it was served like it hit a hot grill for 2 seconds on each side and served raw and the veggies were cold, about the only good thing was the Margarita ...

    Tonala

  • He does get a bit picky in his expectations for this small time townlet, but at least he doesn't go into raptures of delight over a greasy burger or a steak house passing top sirloin off as filet mignon.

    An Amusing Story

  • He said he was peppered with so many questions from the former hostages about his daily life as a cadet that he never got to finish his filet mignon.

    Former Iran hostages reunite at West Point

  • Over absurdly glamorous meals of filet mignon or sushi and, of course, lots of wine, I moaned to her about the clear downfall of my condition.

    Welcome to My World

  • We dined alone on the top floor of the hotel for every meal, feasting on filet mignon and skating gossip.

    Welcome to My World

  • On the menu: The Wolfgang Puck menu featured barbecue pork shank, paella, tortelloni with summer truffles, fingerling potatoes, asparagus, heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella, garlic shrimp, scallops and filet mignon.

    HBO guests enjoy a lavish presentation

  • The filet mignon dinner my father cooked the first time I brought my future husband home to meet my parents...

    Priscilla Warner: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner for the Holidays?

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