mere

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

1mere

noun \ˈmir\

Definition of MERE

chiefly British
:  an expanse of standing water :  lake, pool

Origin of MERE

Middle English, from Old English — more at marine
First Known Use: before 12th century

2mere

noun

Definition of MERE

:  boundary; also :  landmark

Origin of MERE

Middle English, from Old English ̄re; akin to Old Norse landamæri borderland
First Known Use: before 12th century

3mere

adjective

—used to say that something or someone is small, unimportant, etc.

—used to say that something small is important or has a big effect or influence

superlative mer·est

Full Definition of MERE

1
:  having no admixture :  pure
2
obsolete :  being nothing less than :  absolute
3
:  being nothing more than <a mere mortal> <a mere hint of spice>
mere·ly adverb

Examples of MERE

  1. <the mere idea of your traveling alone to Europe is ridiculous>

Origin of MERE

Middle English, from Latin merus; akin to Old English āmerian to purify and perhaps to Greek marmairein to sparkle — more at morn
First Known Use: 15th century

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