mens

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

mens

  1. Common misspelling of men's.

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch mens.

Noun[edit]

mens (plural mense)

  1. person; human being

Danish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse meðan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

mens

  1. while (during the same time that)
  2. while (although)
  3. whereas

Related terms[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *mennisko (a human), a substantivised form of the adjective *mennisk (human, humanlike), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz. Compare German Mensch, Swedish människa.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mens n (plural mensen, diminutive mensje n)

  1. person, human
    Ik ben ook maar een mens!
    I'm only human!
  2. (informal) woman
    Dat mens werkt me echt op de zenuwen.
    That woman really annoys me.

Noun[edit]

mens m (uncountable)

  1. human, man (as a species), humanity
    De mens is van nature een politiek dier.
    Man is by nature a political animal.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

mens

  1. first-person singular present indicative of mentir
  2. second-person singular present indicative of mentir
  3. second-person singular imperative of mentir

Ladin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

mens m (plural mensc)

  1. month

Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *méntis (thought). Cognates include Ancient Greek μένος (ménos), μιμνήσκω (mimnēscō), μνήμη (mnēmē), μανία (maníā), μαινάς (mainás), μάντις (mántis), αὐτόματος (autómatos), μανθάνω (manthánō), Sanskrit मति (matí), Russian мнить (mnitʹ, to think), and Old English ġemynd (English mind).

Noun[edit]

mēns f (genitive mentis); third declension

  1. mind

Declension[edit]

Third declension i-stem.

Number Singular Plural
nominative mēns mentēs
genitive mentis mentium
dative mentī mentibus
accusative mentem mentēs
mentīs
ablative mente mentibus
vocative mēns mentēs

Usage notes[edit]

In most classical Latin, the ablative singular mente was used with a feminine adjective to form a phrasal adverb that expressed a person's state of mind, such as vēlōcī mente (quick-mindedly, with a quick mind):

  • 1st century BCE, Catullus, poem 8, line 11:
    sed obstinata mente perfer, obdura
    but with a resolved mind, endure, hold out.
  • 29-19 BCE, Virgil, Aenid, book 4, line 105:
    sensit enim simulata mente locutam
    for she realized that (she) had spoken with false purpose.

In Late Latin, this construction began to be extended to other adjectives and uses as well, and in Vulgar Latin and the later Romance languages, it became a general adverbial suffix.

  • 8th century, Reichenau Glosses:
    singulariter pro solamente
    singulariter for/instead of solamente

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

From the noun itself:

From the ablative mente, used as an adverbial suffix:


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Preposition[edit]

mens

  1. while

Noun[edit]

mens m (definite singular mensen; uncountable)

  1. Abbreviation of menstruasjon (menstruation).

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Particularly: “split up forms of men and menstruation”

Pronunciation[edit]

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Conjunction[edit]

mens

  1. (colloquial) while; Contraction of medan.
    Jag dukar fram frukost mens du duschar.
    I’ll arrange breakfast while you take a shower

Noun[edit]

mens c

  1. Contraction of menstruation.
  2. indefinite genitive singular of men
  3. indefinite genitive plural of men

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Volapük[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mens

  1. people