mimicry (n.) Look up mimicry at Dictionary.com
1680s, from mimic + -ry. Zoological sense is from 1861.
mimosa (n.) Look up mimosa at Dictionary.com
genus of leguminous shrubs, 1731, coined in Modern Latin (1619) from Latin mimus "mime" (see mime (n.)) + -osa, adjectival suffix (fem. of -osus). So called because some species (including the common Sensitive Plant) fold leaves when touched, seeming to mimic animal behavior. The alcoholic drink (by 1977) is so called from its yellowish color, which resembles that of the mimosa flower.
mina (n.) Look up mina at Dictionary.com
talking starling of India, see mynah.
minacious (adj.) Look up minacious at Dictionary.com
"threatening," 1650s, from Latin minaci-, stem of minax "threatening, menacing" (from minari; see menace (n.)) + -ous. Related: Minaciously.
minaret (n.) Look up minaret at Dictionary.com
1680s, from French minaret, from Turkish minare "a minaret," from Arabic manarah, manarat "lamp, lighthouse, minaret," related to manar "candlestick," derivative of nar "fire;" compare Hebrew ner "lamp" (see menorah).
minatory (adj.) Look up minatory at Dictionary.com
"expressing a threat, 1530s, from Middle French minatoire, from Late Latin minatorius, from minat-, stem of minari "to threaten" (see menace (n.)).
mince (v.) Look up mince at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "to chop in little pieces," from Old French mincier "make into small pieces," from Vulgar Latin *minutiare "make small," from Late Latin minutiæ "small bits," from Latin minutus "small" (see minute (adj.)). Of speech, "to clip affectedly in imitation of elegance," 1540s; of words or language, "to restrain in the interest of decorum," 1590s. Meaning "to walk with short or precise steps" is from 1560s. Related: Minced; mincing.
mince (n.) Look up mince at Dictionary.com
"minced meat," 1850; see mincemeat.
mincemeat (n.) Look up mincemeat at Dictionary.com
1660s, originally in the figurative sense of what someone plans to make of his enemy, an alteration of earlier minced meat (1570s); from mince (v.) + meat (n.). Mince-pie is attested from c.1600; as rhyming slang for "eye" it is attested from 1857.
mincing (adj.) Look up mincing at Dictionary.com
"affectedly dainty," 1520s, probably originally in reference to speech, when words were "clipped" to affect elegance; or in reference to walking with short steps; present participle adjective from mince (v.).
mind (n.) Look up mind at Dictionary.com
late 12c., from Old English gemynd "memory, remembrance, state of being remembered; thought, purpose; conscious mind, intellect, intention," Proto-Germanic *ga-mundiz (cognates: Gothic muns "thought," munan "to think;" Old Norse minni "mind;" German Minne (archaic) "love," originally "memory, loving memory"), from PIE root *men- (1) "think, remember, have one's mind aroused," with derivatives referring to qualities of mind or states of thought (cognates: Sanskrit matih "thought," munih "sage, seer;" Greek memona "I yearn," mania "madness," mantis "one who divines, prophet, seer;" Latin mens "mind, understanding, reason," memini "I remember," mentio "remembrance;" Lithuanian mintis "thought, idea," Old Church Slavonic mineti "to believe, think," Russian pamjat "memory").

Meaning "mental faculty" is mid-14c. "Memory," one of the oldest senses, now is almost obsolete except in old expressions such as bear in mind, call to mind. Mind's eye "remembrance" is early 15c. Phrase time out of mind is attested from early 15c. To pay no mind "disregard" is recorded from 1916, American English dialect. To have half a mind to "to have one's mind half made up to (do something)" is recorded from 1726. Mind-reading is from 1882.
mind (v.) Look up mind at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., "to remember, take care to remember," also "to remind," from mind (n.). Meaning "perceive, notice" is from late 15c.; that of "to give heed to" is from 1550s; that of "be careful about" is from 1737. Sense of "object to, dislike" is from c.1600; negative use (with not) "to care for, to trouble oneself with" is attested from c.1600. Meaning "to take care of, look after" is from 1690s. Related: Minded; minding. Meiotic expression don't mind if I do attested from 1847.
mind-boggling (adj.) Look up mind-boggling at Dictionary.com
1964; see mind (n.) + present participle of boggle.
minded (adj.) Look up minded at Dictionary.com
c.1500, "having a mind" (to do); "having a mind" (of a certain type), from mind (n.).
mindful (adj.) Look up mindful at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., from mind (n.) + -ful. Related: Mindfully; mindfulness. Old English myndful meant "of good memory." Old English also had myndig (adj.) "mindful, recollecting; thoughtful," which if it had lived might have yielded a modern *mindy.
mindless (adj.) Look up mindless at Dictionary.com
c.1400, "unmindful, heedless, negligent," from mind (n.) + -less. Related: Mindlessly; mindlessness. Old English had myndleas "foolish, senseless."
mindset (n.) Look up mindset at Dictionary.com
also mind-set, "habits of mind formed by previous experience," 1920, in educators' jargon, from mind (n.) + set (v.).
mine (pron.) Look up mine at Dictionary.com
Old English min "mine, my," (pronoun and adjective), from Proto-Germanic *minaz (cognates: Old Frisian, Old Saxon Old High German min, Middle Dutch, Dutch mijn, German mein, Old Norse minn, Gothic meins "my, mine"), from the base of me. Superseded as adjective beginning 13c. by my.
mine (n.1) Look up mine at Dictionary.com
"pit or tunnel in the earth for obtaining metals and minerals," c.1300, from Old French mine "vein, lode; tunnel, shaft; mineral ore; mine" (for coal, tin, etc,), of uncertain origin, probably from a Celtic source (compare Welsh mwyn, Irish mein "ore, mine"), from Old Celtic *meini-. Italy and Greece were relatively poor in minerals, thus they did not contribute a word for this to English, but there was extensive mining from an early date in Celtic lands (Cornwall, etc.). From c.1400 as "a tunnel under fortifications to overthrow them."
mine (v.2) Look up mine at Dictionary.com
"lay explosives," 1620s, in reference to old tactic of tunneling under enemy fortifications to blow them up; a specialized sense of mine (v.1) via a sense of "dig under foundations to undermine them" (late 14c.), and miner in this sense is attested from late 13c. Related: Mined; mining.
mine (v.1) Look up mine at Dictionary.com
to dig, c.1300, "to tunnel under fortifications to overthrow them," from mine (n.1) or from Old French miner "to dig, mine; exterminate." From mid-14c. as "to dig in the earth" (for treasure, etc.). Figurative use from mid-14c. Related: Mined; mining.
mine (n.2) Look up mine at Dictionary.com
explosive device, by 1850, from mine (v.2).
mine-sweeper (n.) Look up mine-sweeper at Dictionary.com
1905, from mine (n.2) + agent noun from sweep (v.).
minefield (n.) Look up minefield at Dictionary.com
1877, from mine (n.2) + field (n.). Figurative use by 1947.
miner (n.) Look up miner at Dictionary.com
late 13c., from Old French minour (13c.), from miner "to mine" (see mine (n.1)).
mineral (n.) Look up mineral at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "substance obtained by mining," from Medieval Latin minerale "something mined," noun use of neuter of mineralis "pertaining to mines," from minera "mine." Meaning "material substance that is neither animal nor vegetable" is first recorded c.1600. Modern scientific sense is from 1813.
mineral (adj.) Look up mineral at Dictionary.com
early 15c., "neither animal nor vegetable," from Old French mineral and directly from Medieval Latin mineralis (see mineral (n.)). Mineral water (early 15c.) originally was water found in nature with some mineral substance dissolved in it.
mineralogy (n.) Look up mineralogy at Dictionary.com
1680s, a hybrid from mineral (n.) + -logy or else from French minéralogie (1640s). Related: Mineralogist; mineralogical.
Minerva Look up Minerva at Dictionary.com
ancient Roman goddess of arts, crafts, and sciences; wisdom, sense, and reflection (later identified with Greek Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from Latin Minerva, from Old Latin Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Compare Sanskrit Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense." Related: Minerval.
minestrone (n.) Look up minestrone at Dictionary.com
Italian vegetable soup, 1871, from Italian minestrone, with augmentative suffix -one + minestra "soup, pottage," literally "that which is served," from minestrare "to serve, to prepare (soup, etc.)," from Latin ministrare (see minister (v.)).
Ming Look up Ming at Dictionary.com
1670s, dynasty which ruled China from 1368-1644, from Chinese, literally "bright, clear." In reference to the porcelain of the Ming period, attested from 1892.
minge (n.) Look up minge at Dictionary.com
"female pudendum," 1903, of unknown origin.
mingle (v.) Look up mingle at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., "to bring together," frequentative of Middle English myngen "to mix," from Old English mengan (related to second element in among), from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together" (cognates: Old Saxon mengian, Old Norse menga, Old Frisian mendza, German mengen), from PIE *mag- "to knead, fashion, fit" (see macerate). The formation may have been suggested by cognate Middle Dutch mengelen. Of persons, "to join with others, be sociable" (intransitive), from c.1600. Related: Mingled; mingling.
mini (n.) Look up mini at Dictionary.com
1961, abbreviation of mini-car, a small car made by British Leyland (formerly British Motor Corp.). As an abbreviation of miniskirt, it is attested from 1966. The vogue for mini- as a prefix in English word coinage dates from c.1960.
mini- Look up mini- at Dictionary.com
word-forming element meaning "miniature, minor," abstracted from miniature, with sense perhaps influenced by minimum.
mini-series Look up mini-series at Dictionary.com
also miniseries "television series of short duration, on a single theme," 1971, from mini- + series.
miniature (n.) Look up miniature at Dictionary.com
1580s, "a reduced image," from Italian miniatura "manuscript illumination or small picture," from past participle of miniare "to illuminate a manuscript," from Latin miniare "to paint red," from minium "red lead," used in ancient times to make red ink, a word said to be of Iberian origin. Sense development is because pictures in medieval manuscripts were small, but no doubt there was influence as well from the similar-sounding Latin words that express smallness: minor, minimus, minutus, etc.
miniature (adj.) Look up miniature at Dictionary.com
"small," 1714, from minature (n.). Of dog breeds, from 1889. Of golf, from 1893.
miniaturist (n.) Look up miniaturist at Dictionary.com
"maker of miniatures," 1800, from miniature (n.) + -ist.
miniaturization (n.) Look up miniaturization at Dictionary.com
1947, from miniaturize + -ation. Minification in this sense attested from 1904, on analogy of magnification.
miniaturize (v.) Look up miniaturize at Dictionary.com
1946, from miniature (adj.) + -ize. Minify in same sense is from 1670s, on analogy of magnify. Related: Miniaturized; miniaturizing.
minie ball (n.) Look up minie ball at Dictionary.com
kind of rifle bullet, 1853, named for its inventor, French army officer Claude-Étienne Minié (1814-1879), who designed it 1847-8.
minim (n.) Look up minim at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., in music, from Latin minimus "smallest, least; minute, trifling, insignificant;" of time, "least, shortest, very short;" of age, "youngest;" as a noun, "least price, lowest price" (see minimum). Calligraphy sense is from c.1600.
minimal (adj.) Look up minimal at Dictionary.com
"smallest, least," 1660s, from Latin minimus (see minim) + -al (1).
minimalise (v.) Look up minimalise at Dictionary.com
chiefly British English spelling of minimalize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Minimalised; minimalising.
minimalist (n.) Look up minimalist at Dictionary.com
1907; see minimal + -ist. Originally an Englishing of Menshevik (q.v.); in sense of "practitioner of minimal art" it is first recorded 1967; the term minimal art is from 1965. As an adjective from 1917 in the Russian political sense; 1969 in reference to art. Related: Minimalistic; Minimalism.
minimalize (v.) Look up minimalize at Dictionary.com
1914, see minimal + -ize. Related: Minimalized; minimalizing.
minimally (adv.) Look up minimally at Dictionary.com
1894, from minimal + -ly (2).
minimise (v.) Look up minimise at Dictionary.com
chiefly British English spelling of minimize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Minimised; minimising.
minimization (n.) Look up minimization at Dictionary.com
1802, from minimize + -ation.