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mere

noun \ ˈmir \

Definition of mere

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

Middle English, from Old English — more at marine


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mere

noun

Definition of mere

:boundary; also :landmark

Origin and Etymology of mere

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


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mere

adjective

Definition of mere

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

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


-mere

noun combining form

Definition of -mere

:part :segment
  • metamere

Origin and Etymology of -mere

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



MERE Defined for English Language Learners

mere

adjective

Definition of mere for English Language Learners

  • —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 \

Definition of mere for Students

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


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