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 (â€œlover, darling, favouriteâ€), from Old French mignot (â€œdainty, pleasing, gentle, kindâ€), from Frankish *minnjo (â€œlove, friendship, affection, memoryâ€), from Proto-Germanic *minÃ¾ijÅ, *mindijÅ (â€œaffectionate thought, careâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnÄ- (â€œto thinkâ€). Cognate with Old High German minnja (â€œlove, care, affection, desire, memoryâ€), Old Saxon minnea (â€œloveâ€). More at mind. Compare also minion and Dutch minnen (â€œto loveâ€).
- A female given name.