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mere

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noun \ˈmir\

Definition of mere

chiefly British

  1. :  an expanse of standing water :  lake, pool



Origin of mere

Middle English, from Old English — more at marine


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mere

noun

Definition of mere

  1. :  boundary; also :  landmark



Origin of mere

Middle English, from Old English mǣre; akin to Old Norse landamæri borderland


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mere

adjective

Simple Definition of mere

  • —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

Full Definition of mere

superlative mer·est

  1. 1 :  having no admixture :  pure

  2. 2 obsolete :  being nothing less than :  absolute

  3. 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


-mere

noun combining form

Definition of -mere

  1. :  part :  segment <metamere>



Origin of -mere

French -mère, from Greek meros part — more at merit



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