Main definitions of mense in English

: mense1mense2mense3

mense1

(also mence, mens, ments)

Pronunciation /mɛns/

noun

dialect British, Scottish, Irish
  • 1Propriety, decorum, kindness, tact; discretion, intelligence, common sense.

  • 2"to have both one's meat and mense" and variants: to have the credit of being considered generous (in regard to food, etc.) without the expense (as by giving an invitation which is not accepted). Similarly "to lose both one's meat and mense", etc.

  • 3Neatness, tidiness; newness, gloss.

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in Thre Prestis of Peblis. Variant of mensk, with northern loss of -k from final -sk.

Main definitions of mense in English

: mense1mense2mense3

mense2

(also minse)

Pronunciation /mɛns/

noun

dialect British, Scottish
  • A large amount or quantity. Usually with of.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Winter Hamilton (1794–1848), Congregational minister. Origin uncertain. Perhaps aphetic from immense, or perhaps a specifically sense of mense, showing a development of sense from ‘profuse hospitality, liberality’ to ‘a liberal amount, a great deal’.

Main definitions of mense in English

: mense1mense2mense3

mense3

(also menser)

Pronunciation /ˈmɛnsə/

noun

informal South African
  • Treated as plural. People; (frequently) specifically. Afrikaners. Often as a form of address.

Origin

Late 19th century. From Afrikaans mense, plural of mens person from Dutch †mensch (now mens).

Pronunciation

mense

/ˈmɛnsə/