Definition of mondegreen in English:


Line breaks: mon|de|green
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒndəgriːn


  • A misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song.
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    • So I listened to it several times, wondering if my perception of it might be a mondegreen.
    • Of course, you want to make sure that you don't become the victim of a mondegreen: that's a misheard lyric to you and me.
    • It's not a mondegreen because the mis-construal is not part of a song or poem or similar performance.


1950s: from Lady Mondegreen, a misinterpretation of the phrase laid him on the green, from the traditional ballad ‘The Bonny Earl of Murray’.

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