mignon[min′yän′; Fr mē nyōn′]
- The definition of mignon is something that is small and delicate.
An example of mignon is a tender piece of steak filet, a filet mignon.
Origin of mignonFrench for Old French mignot, dainty ; from an unverified form min-, echoic of a caressing cry, as in Indo-European base an unverified form mī(n)-, variant, variety of mēi-, gentle, soft from source Classical Latin mitis, soft, Old Irish min, gentle
(comparative more mignon, superlative most mignon)
- (French history) One of the court favourites of Henry III.
- (rare) A cute person; a pretty child.
From French mignon, from Middle French mignon (“lover, darling, favourite”), from Old French mignot (“dainty, pleasing, gentle, kind”), from Frankish *minnjo (“love, friendship, affection, memory”), from Proto-Germanic *minþijō, *mindijō (“affectionate thought, care”), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā- (“to think”). Cognate with Old High German minnja (“love, care, affection, desire, memory”), Old Saxon minnea (“love”). More at mind. Compare also minion and Dutch minnen (“to love”).
- A female given name.