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mere

adjective \ ˈmir \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018
superlative merest
1 : being nothing more than
  • a mere mortal
  • a mere hint of spice
2 : having no admixture (see admixture 2) : pure
3 obsolete : being nothing less than : absolute

merely

adverb

Examples of mere in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of mere

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

2

mere

noun
chiefly British
: an expanse of standing (see 1standing 2) water : lake, pool
  • had seen several boats on an inland mere
  • Yale Review

Origin and Etymology of mere

Middle English, from Old English — more at marine

3

mere

noun
: boundary; also : landmark

Origin and Etymology of mere

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

-mere

noun combining form
: part : segment
  • metamere

Origin and Etymology of -mere

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


MERE Defined for English Language Learners

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


MERE Defined for Kids

mere

adjective \ ˈmir \
superlative merest
: nothing more than
  • mere rumors
  • a mere child


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