Definition of Mince

1. Noun. Food chopped into small bits. "A mince of mushrooms"

2. Verb. Make less severe or harsh. "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
Exact synonyms: Moderate, Soften
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Moderation

3. Verb. Walk daintily. "The children mince to the playground"; "She minced down the street"
Generic synonyms: Walk

4. Verb. Cut into small pieces. "The chefs mince the vegetables"; "Mince the garlic"
Generic synonyms: Chop, Chop Up
Derivative terms: Mincer

Definition of Mince

1. v. t. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as, to mince meat.

2. v. i. To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.

3. n. A short, precise step; an affected manner.

Definition of Mince

1. Noun. Finely chopped meat. ¹

2. Noun. Finely chopped mixed fruit used in Christmas pies; mincemeat. ¹

3. Noun. An affected (often dainty or short and precise) gait. ¹

4. Noun. An affected manner, especially of speaking; an affectation. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To make less; make small. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To lessen; diminish; to diminish in speaking; speak of lightly or slightingly; minimise. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive rare) To effect mincingly. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive cooking) To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine. ¹

9. Verb. (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. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To affect; to pronounce affectedly or with an accent. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner. ¹

13. Verb. (archaic) To diminish the force of. ¹

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Definition of Mince

1. to cut into very small pieces [v MINCED, MINCING, MINCES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mince

mince (current term)
mince pie
mince pies
mince words
minced oath
minced oaths

Literary usage of Mince

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1824)
"mince some veal that is not quite done, with a little parsley, lemon-peel, ... mince some of the white part, and with grated lemon, nutmeg, salt, ..."

2. Sharps and Flats by Eugene Field (1900)
"The English mince Pie June 18, 1889 THE last of the Thanksgiving mince pie is ... I refer, of course, to the London mince pie, the occult conglomeration ..."

3. The Improved Housewife: Or, Book of Receipts; with Engravings for Marketing by A. L. Webster, A married lady (1847)
"Lay a sheet of paste all over a soup plate ; 'fill it with mince meat, laying slips of ... Plain mince Pie. Neat's tongue and feet make the best mince pies. ..."

4. Foods and Their Adulteration: Origin, Manufacture, and Composition of Food by Harvey Washington Wiley (1917)
"Nearly allied to mince meat in its character is a large class of ... mince meat itself, as may be seen from the description which has been given of it, ..."

5. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine by Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection (Library of Congress) (1913)
"TRA-LA-LARCENY A HEATHEN named Min, passing by A pie-shop, picked up a mince-pie. Pray dismiss the belief: The mince-pie that Min spied was Min's pic. ..."

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