Glossary of Terms: Becoming Minnesotan

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Definition
magna cum laude

Adverb: "With great praise"; an honor added to a diploma or degree for work considered to be of much higher quality than average.

mainstream

Noun:  That which is common; the norm.

Adjective:  Common; usual; conventional.

Malayalam

Noun:  A Dravidian language spoken in the states of Kerala and Lakshadweep, India.

management

Noun:  1. Those in charge of a business.  2. The process of managing, directing, or controlling something.

manifest

Verb:  To display; to exhibit.  (manifests, manifesting, manifested)

mannerisms

Noun:  A group of verbal, physical, or other unconscious habitual behaviors specific to an individual or group of people.

manufacturing

Noun: The production of goods on a large scale using machinery.

marginalized

Adjective: Subject to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group.

market

Verb: To sell. (markets, marketing, marketed)

martial law

Noun: Rule by the military in place of the regular government, usually during time of war or other crisis.

mass

Noun: A Christian religious service, especially in Roman Catholicism.

mastery

Noun:  A high degree of proficiency or ability in a skill.

mate

Noun:  A partner, usually in marriage.

material

Adjective:  Worldly, as opposed to spiritual. 

Noun:  Something used or made for the object of study.

maternal

Adjective: Related through the mother, or her side of the family.

means

Noun:  Resources; riches.

mediator

Noun: One who negotiates between parties seeking mutual agreement.

meditate

Verb:  To train, calm, or empty the mind, as part of Buddhist religious practice.  (meditates, meditating, meditated)

mellow

Verb:  To relax or soften.  (mellows, mellowing, mellowed)

mentality

Noun:  A way of thinking.

merchandiser

Noun: A person who buys and sells goods.

metropolitan

Adjective: Relating to a city or large urban settlement.

midst

Noun:  Middle.

migrant

Noun: Traveler or worker who moves from one region or country to another.

migrate

Verb:  To change habitations across a border; to move from one country or political region to another; to change one's geographic pattern of habitation; to move slowly towards, usually in groups.  (migrates, migrating, migrated)

militarization

Noun: The process whereby something or somewhere becomes controlled by the military.

militia

Noun:  A private military force, not under government control.

mindset

Noun:  The general thinking patterns and ideas of a person.

mine

Noun:  A bomb or explosive designed to explode when stepped upon or touched.

mingle

Verb:  To mix, intermix, combine, or join.  (mingles, mingling, mingled)

minimize

Verb:  To make (something) as small or as insignificant as possible.  (minimizes, minimizing, minimized)

minorities

Noun:  Members of an ethnic group that make up less than the majority of a population.

minority

Noun: A member of a subgroup in society, that differs from other groups.

miraculous

Adjective:  Like a miracle.

mission

Noun:  A purpose or duty.

mobile

Adjective:  Moveable.

momos

Noun:  Tibetan dumplings.

monastery

Noun:  Place of residence for members of a religious community (especially monks).

monastic

Adjective:  Of or relating to monasteries or monks.

monk

Noun:  A male member of a monastic order who has devoted his life for religious service.

mortgage

Noun:  A loan to purchase a home or other real property in which the property serves as the collateral.

motion sickness

Noun:  A feeling of nausea or dizziness caused by being in a moving vehicle such as a ship or car.

Mount Everest

Noun:  The world’s highest mountain, located in the Himalayas between Nepal and Tibet.

mourn

Verb:  To express sadness or sorrow over someone's death.  (mourns, mourning, mourned)

multicultural

Adjective: Relating or pertaining to several different cultures.

multilingual

Adjective:  The ability to speak more than two languages.

Muslim

Noun:  A person who is a follower and believer of the Islamic faith.

Adjective:  Relating to believers of Islam.

mutineer

Noun: Someone who participates in a mutiny, an organized rebellion against a legal authority.

mutual

Adjective:  Two-way; reciprocal.

mythological

Adjective:  Legendary; related to myths and traditonal stories. 

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