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[min-yon; French mee-nyawn] /mɪnˈyɒn; French miˈnyɔ̃/
small and pretty; delicately pretty.
Origin of mignon
1550-60; < French; see minion


[mee-nyawn] /miˈnyɔ̃/
an opera (1866) by Ambroise Thomas. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mignon
  • For fancier tastes, there's spice-crusted filet mignon and maple-glazed duck.
  • When it's time to eat, filet mignon dinners reward a day of roughing it in the wilderness.
  • Yes manned flight is infinitely more expensive than unmanned drones, but filet mignon is considerably more expensive than gruel.
  • In the company of such cuts, the filet mignon seems almost lean, except that it's the size of a cantaloupe.
  • So much for glistening filet mignon and mouth-watering lobster.
  • Steak and seafood combination plates include shrimp and ribeye steak, fillet mignon and scallops and fillet and lobster.
  • Dishes include hot and spicy snapper, filet mignon, smoked beef brisket and pork ribs.
  • Combination platters include a mixture of such items as shrimp, filet mignon, lobster and steak.
  • Nightly meals range from baked salmon to filet mignon.
  • Filet mignon is the entree specialty of the house and is available encrusted in spices or garlic and red peppers.
British Dictionary definitions for mignon


/ˈmɪnjɒn; French miɲɔ̃/
small and pretty; dainty
Derived Forms
mignonne (ˈmɪnjɒn; French) (miɲɔn) noun:feminine
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old French mignot dainty
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Word Origin and History for mignon

"delicately formed," 1550s, French, literally "delicate, charming, pretty;" see minion. As a noun, "pretty child," from 1827.

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