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Mensa

[men-suh] /ˈmɛn sə/
noun
1.
an international fellowship organization for people with IQ's in the top 2 percent of the general population.
Origin
< Latin mēnsa table, symbolizing the original conception of the society, “a round table where no one has precedence”
Related forms
Mensan, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mensan

Mensa1

/ˈmɛnsə/
noun (Latin genitive) Mensae (ˈmɛnsiː)
1.
a faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Hydrus and Volans and containing part of the Large Magellanic Cloud
Word Origin
Latin, literally: the table

Mensa2

/ˈmɛnsə/
noun
1.
an international society, membership of which is restricted to people whose intelligence test scores exceed those expected of 98 per cent of the population
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Word Origin and History for mensan
mensa
"altar top," 1848, from L., lit. "table," hence used in Church L. for "upper slab of an altar." With a capital M-, the name of an organization for people of IQs of 148 or more founded in England in 1946, the name chosen, according to the organization, to suggest a "round table" type group.
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