Specifically meaning (and sometimes legally) that the item is literally untouched by human hands.

The term comes from coins made at COIN MINTS which were dropped from the press directly into boxes for collectors and therefore never touched by human hands.

The meaning of the term "mint" is about as strict as the definition for the word "virgin."

In stretching the modern-day definition, it sometimes is valid to refer to an item which was purchased brand-new and unopened, but has been opened and checked but never used.

A further stretch is the use of "near-mint" which would still mean something possibly tested and used briefly but which still has no evidence of human handling or use.

It does NOT mean "looks like it's almost new." It does NOT mean anything to do with the herbal MINTS, as unfortunately assumed by many newer-generation mis-users of the term "mint."

It does NOT mean, in legal or historical use, anything to do with "looks cool" or "good" or "nice," as defined by other submissions on this website, on many ebay listngs and in common modern-day slang mis-use. That is sheer illiterate bastardization of the term.
"This camera is MINT condition, I opened it to see if it took the kind of storage-card that I use but it didn't, so I put it back in the box."

"This 40-year-old Gibson guitar has been in the closet since my grandfather won it in a contest, and other than a few playings it's nearly mint-condition."
by buggy October 03, 2007
10 Words related to mint
Top Definition
1. Nice
2. Cool
Man, that shit is mint.
by scott andrew November 24, 2003
Expression used in The North Of England meaning good
Ah, thats well mint!
by jms November 01, 2002
1. A flavour, based on Mint leaves.
2. A hard candy of above mentioned flavor.
3. A place where coins are made.
4. Collector-speak for something in perfect condition.
5. Something cool, spiffy, sweet, excellent.
1. Alex gave me some mint flavoured gum.
2. Amanda, would you give me a mint?
3. We took a tour of the mint last week.
4. This Ninja Turtle action figure is in mint condition.
5. That's a mint car, dude.
by Lizardbreath the Great Horned Toad November 16, 2005
An expression that means something is nice or cool. This is usually used in response to a statement.
Danny: I just got some brand new Jordan retro 2's.
Brandon: Mint
by Star Jones January 04, 2005
Mint- Class, Brill, smashing,
That was Mint,
I saw this really MINT film at the weekend
by Chrissy December 23, 2004
by hmm November 13, 2002
Chicago/Midwest term for pressed MDMA. (Ecstasy pills)

Hopefully yours were produced by the famous mint man.
'Those mints melted my face. But that dubstep, that filthy, rotten, grub dub ate away at my brain.'

Fuck all night when I'm on that E,
shoulda popped 2 but tonight popped 3, (took 3 mints)
Roll so hard can't feel my knees,
5 in the morning ain't think about sleep
by XSavior January 15, 2013

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