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

  • n. A place where the coins of a country are manufactured by authority of the government.
  • n. A place or source of manufacture or invention.
  • n. An abundant amount, especially of money.
  • transitive v. To produce (money) by stamping metal; coin.
  • transitive v. To invent or fabricate: a phrase that was minted for one occasion.
  • adj. Undamaged as if freshly minted: The painting was in mint condition.
  • n. A member of the mint family.
  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Mentha, characteristically having aromatic foliage and nearly regular flowers. Some plants are cultivated for their aromatic oil and used for flavoring.
  • n. The foliage of some of these plants.
  • n. Any of various similar or related plants, such as the stone mint.
  • n. A candy flavored with mint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A building or institution where money (originally, only coins) is produced under government licence.
  • n. A large amount of money. A vast sum or amount, etc.
  • v. To reproduce (coins), usually en masse, under licence.
  • adj. Of condition, as new.
  • adj. In near-perfect condition; uncirculated.
  • adj. Unused with original gum; as issued originally.
  • adj. Very good.
  • n. Any of several plants of the family Lamiaceae, typically aromatic with square stems.
  • n. The flavouring of the plant, either a sweet, a jelly or sauce.
  • n. A green colour, like that of mint.
  • n. A mint-flavored candy, often eaten to sweeten the smell of the breath.
  • adj. Of a green colour, like that of the mint plant.
  • v. To try, attempt; take aim.
  • v. To try, attempt, endeavor; to take aim at; to try to hit; to purpose.
  • v. To hint; suggest; insinuate.
  • n. Intent, purpose; an attempt, try; effort, endeavor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like new; in brand-new condition; unworn, as a coin recently made at a mint{1}.
  • adj. Uncirculated; in the same condition as when it was freshly coined at the mint{1}.
  • n. The name of several aromatic labiate plants, mostly of the genus Mentha, yielding odoriferous essential oils by distillation. See mentha.
  • n. A place where money is coined by public authority.
  • n. Any place regarded as a source of unlimited supply; the supply itself.
  • n. A large quantity of money.
  • transitive v. To make by stamping, as money; to coin; to make and stamp into money.
  • transitive v. To invent; to forge; to fabricate; to fashion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To coin; stamp and convert into money.
  • To invent; forge; fabricate.
  • To aim; purpose; endeavor.
  • To insinuate; hint.
  • n. A coin; coin; coined money; money.
  • n. A place where money is coined by public authority.
  • n. Figuratively, a source of fabrication or invention.
  • n. A quantity such as a mint turns out; a great supply or store: as, a mint of money.
  • n. [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.
  • n. A plant of the genus Mentha.
  • n. One of several other, mostly labiate, plants with mint-like properties. Compare catmint.
  • n. The crisped or curled mint, Mentha crispa.
  • n. The catmint or catnip.
  • n. The horsemint, M. longifolia.
  • n. The bergamot-mint, M. citrata.
  • n. Spearmint.
  • n. The Oswego tea, Monarda didyma.
  • n. The wood-calamint, Clinopodium Calamintha.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any north temperate plant of the genus Mentha with aromatic leaves and small mauve flowers
  • n. a plant where money is coined by authority of the government
  • v. form by stamping, punching, or printing
  • adj. as if new
  • n. any member of the mint family of plants
  • n. a candy that is flavored with a mint oil
  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • n. the leaves of a mint plant used fresh or candied


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

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

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").



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  • 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

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

    February 25, 2008