Meaning of “mist” in the English Dictionary

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"mist" in British English

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mistnoun [ C or U ]

us uk /mɪst/

B2 thin fog produced by very small drops of water collecting in the air just above an area of ground or water:

The early-morning mist soon lifted/cleared.

a thin layer of liquid on the surface of something that makes it difficult to see:

UK There's always a mist on the bathroom mirror/windows when I've had a shower.
Through a mist of tears, I watched his train pull out of the station.

More examples

  • The river is often cloaked in mist in the early morning.
  • A mist drifted in from the marshes.
  • The car lights glowed dully through the mist.
  • The graveyard looked ghostly, enveloped in mist.
  • The morning mist had lifted and the sun was starting to come through.

(Definition of “mist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mist" in American English

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mistnoun [ C/U ]

us /mɪst/

a light rain or a collection of very small drops of water in the air that is like a fog:

[ C ] In the mornings, a mist covered the surface of the lake.

(Definition of “mist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)