\ ˈmer How to pronounce mare (audio) \

Definition of mare

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a female horse or other equine animal especially when fully mature or of breeding age
ma·​re | \ ˈmär-(ˌ)ā How to pronounce mare (audio) \
plural maria\ ˈmär-​ē-​ə How to pronounce maria (audio) \ also mares\ ˈmär-​(ˌ)āz How to pronounce mares (audio) \

Definition of mare (Entry 2 of 3)

: any of several mostly flat dark areas of considerable extent on the surface of the moon or Mars

Definition of mare (Entry 3 of 3)

: an evil preternatural being causing nightmares

First Known Use of mare

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1860, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mare

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English mere; akin to Old High German merha mare, Old English mearh horse, Welsh march

Noun (2)

New Latin, from Latin, sea — more at marine

Noun (3)

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German mara incubus, Serbo-Croatian mora nightmare

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“Mare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mare. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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\ ˈmer How to pronounce mare (audio) \

Kids Definition of mare

: an adult female horse or related animal (as a zebra or donkey)

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