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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “mingle”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)


From earlier mingil, mengle, from Middle English menglen, equivalent to ming +‎ -le. Cognate with Dutch mengen (to mingle, mix), German mengen (to mingle, mix). More at ming.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪŋ.ɡəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋɡəl


mingle (third-person singular simple present mingles, present participle mingling, simple past and past participle mingled)

  1. (transitive) To intermix; to combine or join, as an individual or part, with other parts, but commonly so as to be distinguishable in the product
    Synonyms: confuse, confound
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Exodus 9:24:
      There was [] fire mingled with the hail.
    • 1838, Martin Farquhar Tupper, “Of Searching for Pride”, in Proverbial Philosophy: A Book of Thoughts and Arguments, Originally Treated, London: Joseph Rickerby, [], →OCLC, page 69:
      Be aware of the smiling enemy, that openly sheatheth his weapon, / But mingleth poison in secret with the sacred salt of hospitality.
    • 2006 September 11, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Bush Mourns 9/11 at Ground Zero as N.Y. Remembers”, in New York Times[1]:
      Across the city yesterday, there was a feeling of bittersweet reunion as streams of humanity converged and mingled at dozens of memorial services.
  2. (transitive) To associate or unite in a figurative way, or by ties of relationship
  3. to cause or allow to intermarry
  4. to intermarry.
  5. (transitive) To deprive of purity by mixture; to contaminate.
    • a. 1729, John Rogers, The Necessity of Universal Obedience:
      a mingled, imperfect virtue
  6. (transitive) To make or prepare by mixing the ingredients of.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To put together; to join.
  8. (intransitive) To become mixed or blended.
  9. (intransitive) To socialize with different people at a social event.
    • 2009, Jane Buckingham, The Modern Girl's Guide to Life:
      And allow a bit of a cocktail hour before the meal so that when your guests arrive, you have time to mingle before you step into the kitchen.


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mingle (plural mingles)

  1. (obsolete) A mixture.
  2. The act of informally meeting numerous people in a group
    • 2019, Sally Lou Oaks Loveman, Speak: Love Your Story, Your Audience Is Waiting:
      When speakers engage their audiences before they speak with a quick mingle and keep the engagement going throughout the speech, the access point for fear is cut off because there is no silence.

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