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Definition of the noun mince

What does mince mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: minces

  1. food chopped into small bits

Alternative definition of the noun mince


  1. [uncountable] Finely chopped meat.
  2. [uncountable] Finely chopped mixed fruit used in Christmas pies; mincemeat.
  3. [countable] An affected (often dainty or short and precise) gait.
  4. [countable] An affected manner, especially of speaking; an affectation.

Definition of the verb mince

What does mince mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: minced | mincing | minces

  1. make less severe or harsh
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Carol crushed the ice
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb]That chisel carves well | That hammer crushes well | This knife cuts well
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient]The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb]Marble carves easily | The bread cuts easily | The ice crushes easily

      Verbs of Cutting (with the same syntax): bruise, chip, cleave, crumble, crumple, crunch, crush, cube, dent, dice, fillet, flake, flatten, gash, gouge, grate, grind, mangle, mash, nick, notch, perforate, pulverize, scrunch, shred, slice, slit, smash, squash, squish.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of mince: moderate / soften
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  2. walk daintily
  3. cut into small pieces
    • examples: mince the garlic | The chefs mince the vegetables
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: chop / chop up = cut into pieces

Alternative definition of the verb mince


  1. [transitive] To make less; make small.
  2. [transitive] To lessen; diminish; to diminish in speaking; speak of lightly or slightingly; minimise.
  3. [transitive, rare] To effect mincingly.
  4. [transitive, cooking] To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine.
  5. [transitive] To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half and keep back half of.
  6. [transitive] To affect; to pronounce affectedly or with an accent.
  7. [intransitive] To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
  8. [intransitive] To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.


Mince a.k.a. Mińce is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Choroszcz, within Białystok County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland.


  1. MINCE was a text editor for microcomputers that ran the CP/M operating system. Developed in BDS C by Mark of the Unicorn, it was bundled with computers from Kaypro and Morrow Designs, and the Epson QX-10. It was a subset of Emacs designed to run within the 64kB memory limit of 8-bit computers.
  2. Mince is a software.

Phrases with Mince

  1. mince pie
  2. Mince Pies
  3. Mince Words

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Mince

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Google previewRiver Cottage A to Z (2016)

Our Favourite Ingredients, & How to Cook Them by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Pam Corbin, Mark Diacono, Nikki Duffy, Nick Fisher, Steven Lamb, Tim Maddams, Gill Meller, John Wright

Mince Lamb mince is the bedrock of some of the world's best-beloved comfort food, from shepherd's pie and barbecue burgers to moussaka and merguez sausages. Traditionally, some of these would (and arguably should) be made with ...

Google previewMerrell-Soule Products (1919)

Powdered Milk and NoneSuch Mince Meats

Merrell-Soule Confectioners' Mince is a blend of all the ingredients used in None Such and Bakers' Brick Mince Meat, with the exception of the beef, suet and spices. It is an ideal product for use by bakers and confectioners, for any purpose ...

Google previewSorting the Beef from the Bull (2016)

The Science of Food Fraud Forensics by Richard Evershed, Nicola Temple

By definition, mince is a mixture of meat that's ground beyond any hints as to its animal origins. The only distinguishing feature the meat sitting in a plastic tray, bound by a thin layer of protective plastic wrapping, has is its colour. We can judge ...

Google previewThe Naked Woman (2007)

A Study of the Female Body by Desmond Morris

The Mince is a gait in which fast but very ...

Google previewCooking For Dummies (2013)

by Margaret Fulton, Barbara Beckett

Beef mince is a relatively cheap way to buy meat. You can get different grades of mince and these vary in price depending on the leanness of the meat. In this section we've included a recipe for the classic hamburger — Getting Your Money's ...

Google previewFood Network Kitchens Cookbook (2003)

by Jennifer Darling

Mincing A mince is a very tiny cut of food— usually an herb or vegetable. To mince something, first chop it roughly on a cutting board. Gather up the pieces in a pile. Position your knife above the pile. Keeping the tip touching the cutting board, ...

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1862)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)

To Mince. Fr. mincer, to cut into small pieces ; mince, thin, slender, small; It. minuzzare, Fr. menuiser, to crumble, break or cut small ; It. minuzzame, minuzzoli, minutclli, shreds, mincings ; minuti, pottage made ...

Google previewCassell's dictionary of cookery (1883)

by Cassell, ltd

Take some mince prepared as in No. 36, roll into balls, and cover with the rice mixed with a well-beaten egg ; flour, and fry a very light brown. Serve on a napkin with parsley. 37. Rissoles. Prepare the mince as for No. 35, flour the balls, and fry ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2010)

by Julia Cresswell

mince. mint minuet minute miracle. [M17th]. In million, the thousand got multiplied by itself. This seems to have happened in Italian, where the word millione (now milione) was formed. In 1956 Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm enjoyed great ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Language of Shakspeare (1868)

by Swynfen Jervis

To MINCE. To walk or talk affectedly; to eatenuate; to soften ; to abate. And turn two mincing steps into a manly stride.

Google previewThe Housekeeper's Encyclopedia of Useful Information for the Housekeeper in All Branches of Cooking and Domestic Economy ... (1861)

by E F Haskell

Work all together, and let the mince remain until morning — then taste ; if not sufficiently spiced, add more, but be careful not to overspico with cloves ; add sugar and_cider if needed ; if too much seasoned, chop more suet, meat, and apple, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* To MINCE, v.a. [contracted, as it seems, from minijk, or from mincer, mince, French, small.] ...

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Scrabble value of M3I1N1C3E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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