mere

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adjective

superlative merest
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

mere

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noun (1)

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

mere

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noun (2)

: boundary
also : landmark

-mere

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noun combining form

: part : segment
metamere

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Example Sentences

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

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mere. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition

mere

adjective
superlative merest
: nothing more than
mere rumors
a mere child

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