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superlative merest

Definition of mere

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : being nothing more than a mere mortal a mere hint of spice
2 : having no admixture (see admixture sense 2) : pure
3 obsolete : being nothing less than : absolute

Definition of mere (Entry 2 of 4)

chiefly British
: an expanse of standing (see standing entry 1 sense 2) water : lake, pool had seen several boats on an inland mereYale Review

Definition of mere (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of -mere (Entry 4 of 4)

: part : segment metamere

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Synonyms for mere

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of mere in a Sentence

Adjective the mere idea of your traveling alone to Europe is ridiculous

First Known Use of mere


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mere


Middle English, from Latin merus; akin to Old English āmerian to purify and perhaps to Greek marmairein to sparkle — more at morn

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English — more at marine

Noun (2)

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

Noun combining form

French -mère, from Greek meros part — more at merit entry 1

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The first known use of mere was before the 12th century

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“Mere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mere. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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
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Kids Definition of mere

: nothing more than mere rumors a mere child

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