Definition of mensch in English:

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mensch

Pronunciation: /men(t)SH/

noun (plural menschen /ˈmenCHən/ or mensches)

North American informal
A person of integrity and honor.
Example sentences
  • If nothing else, I want to go out, I want to die like a man, like a mensch, like a good person.
  • Schultze also asks a provocative question, ‘Why do we talk about Internet geeks, hackers, and spammers but never about Internet mensches or saints?’
  • Julie, you were a true mensch, the living proof of how one life touches another and another and another until, to paraphrase the Talmud, you have touched the world.

Origin

1930s: Yiddish mensh, from German Mensch, literally 'person'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mensch

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